Meditation TimeAug 15, 2018 7:00 pm

Meditation Service will be Wednesday nights from 7 – 8 pm. There will be 30 minutes of quiet meditation followed by a mantra meditation, and concluding with a short chant. Everyone is welcome and no prior meditation experience is required.

ServiceAug 16, 2018 7:30 pm

Meditation TimeAug 22, 2018 7:00 pm

Meditation Service will be Wednesday nights from 7 – 8 pm. There will be 30 minutes of quiet meditation followed by a mantra meditation, and concluding with a short chant. Everyone is welcome and no prior meditation experience is required.

ServiceAug 23, 2018 7:30 pm

Obon Service – Honouring all AncestorsAug 26, 2018 3:00 pm

Schedule for cemetery visits:

 Strathmore – 9:00 am

 Mountain View – 9:45 am

 Burnsland – 10:30 am

 Eden Brook – 11:00 am

 Queens – 1:00 pm

Temple service – 3:00-5:00 pm with potluck meal to follow.

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.

Meditation TimeAug 29, 2018 7:00 pm

Meditation Service will be Wednesday nights from 7 – 8 pm. There will be 30 minutes of quiet meditation followed by a mantra meditation, and concluding with a short chant. Everyone is welcome and no prior meditation experience is required.

ServiceAug 30, 2018 7:30 pm

Shotsuki ServiceSep 2, 2018 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.

Buddhism 101Sep 6, 2018 7:30 pm

Interested in Buddhism and how it can be a part of your daily life?

Then join us on Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm as the fundamentals of Buddhism will be introduced and discussed.

 

Each evening will be a combination of short DVD clips followed by a question and answer/ discussion time.

No prior knowledge or experience is required, just an open and curious mind!

ServiceSep 9, 2018 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.