Evening ServiceAug 24, 2017 7:30 pm

Everyone is welcome!

No previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is necessary!

Obon Service 3:00 – 5:00 pm (no morning service)Aug 27, 2017 3:00 pm

Obon is a Buddhist observance that was originally observed in Mahayana Buddhist countries, including China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.

Obon season is a time to express our gratitude to loved ones who have passed on before us. Without them, we would not be who we are today, due to the basic tenet of interdependence. We would not be where we are and we would not be able to do the things we do to enjoy life. Just think about the number of people involved in creating each of us. If we go back just thirty generations, we can calculate that there were over two billion parents, starting with our two parents, their four parents, and so on—and that’s just the physical part.

Since we’re all influenced by a countless number of beings, our interconnections, and therefore our debt of gratitude, is without bounds. Thus, temples hold an Obon memorial service to enable people to pay tribute to the departed. The service is usually held separately from the festival so that the sangha (Buddhist community) can participate in this solemn and respectful remembrance in quiet reflection.

The word “Obon” is the abbreviated name of the ancient Ullambana Sutra, whose Japanese pronunciation is Urabon. The sutra tells of the Buddhist monk, Maudgalyayana (Mokuren in Japanese) who offered food to the sangha in an effort to release his mother from her hellish torments. When she became liberated, her son is said to have danced for joy.

Temple Refuge CircleAug 29, 2017 7:00 pm

All Buddhists take Refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. A Refuge is a safe place.

We meet together in a Circle to practice Compassion, Equanimity, Lovingkindness, Sympathetic Joy, Deep Listening, and Gratitude.

Closed group – I ask that interested persons commit to a ‘season’ to deepen their Practice – see the Temple Facebook group for details or contact me at:

kenmadden@gmail.com

Evening ServiceAug 31, 2017 7:30 pm

Everyone is welcome!

No previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is necessary!

Sitting MeditationSep 3, 2017 9:10 am

Join us for a 30 minute meditation time prior to our main service.

Everyone is welcome!

If you are interested in meditation but do not have a practice please come by 9:00 am and we can provide instruction to get you started.

Shotsuki ServiceSep 3, 2017 10:00 am

Shotsuki is a monthly memorial service to honour and remember loved ones who have passed away in this month.

All of our services are open to everyone and no prior knowledge or experience with Buddhism is necessary.

The services are conducted in English with the exception of some chanting.

Service books are provided so that everyone can participate in these traditional, centuries old chants.

Evening ServiceSep 7, 2017 7:30 pm

Everyone is welcome!

No previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism is necessary!

Sitting MeditationSep 10, 2017 9:10 am

Join us for a 30 minute meditation time prior to our main service.

Everyone is welcome!

If you are interested in meditation but do not have a practice please come by 9:00 am and we can provide instruction to get you started.

Morning ServiceSep 10, 2017 10:00 am

All of our services are open to everyone and no prior knowledge or experience with Buddhism is necessary.

The services are conducted in English with the exception of some chanting.

Service books are provided so that everyone can participate in these traditional, centuries old chants.

Dharma Time for KidsSep 10, 2017 10:00 am

A Dharma Time fall picnic/bar-b-q would be fun and will be held on Sunday, September 10th after Service @ St. George’s Island near the playground (weather permitting).

Everyone joins the first part of the service and then they will proceed to the upstairs classroom/ boardroom.

The goal for the new season is to host an activity for the kids every Sunday. Lessons will be approximately every-other week, and informal playtime/social time for the kids with games and puzzles will be on the other Sundays.

The website will be updated with more specific information as planning progresses.

 

*We are looking for volunteers to help with Dharma Time – both for short lessons (25 minutes) and for play/social time supervision. Please contact e.nagata@shaw.ca or at 403.651.4501 if you are able to help.