CBC News’ Shane Ross describes the substantial and growing population of Buddhist nuns on Prince Edward Island. Clearly, things have changed since I have lived there.
Prince Edward Island is becoming home to a growing number of Buddhist nuns, who say the Island is a comfortable place for them to practise their spirituality.
Four years ago, 13 Buddhist nuns moved to the Island from Taiwan. Today, there are 134 at their home on the Uigg Road in eastern P.E.I.
In the next couple of years, they hope to attract about 100 more and move to a new building that will be modelled after a traditional Chinese temple.
“Canada has a great acceptance of different cultures and religions,” said Yvonne, one of the nuns at what is called the Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute.
“It is a very good environment to practise and study here, that’s why it will attract more nuns from other countries.”
The majority are from Taiwan, but some are from Singapore, New Zealand, United States and Canada. The average age is 25.