Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Refugee Shinran

Sunday, October 08, 2017

An exploration of how the specific events in the lives of Shinran and Rennyo led them to fashion Buddhist principles of radical welcome, and how this relates to the present world situation of refugees, homelessness, and social instability.

Guest Speaker Series:  Jeff Wilson

Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. at the Calgary Buddhist Temple


Open to the Public. Free admission. Refreshments after.


Dr. Jeff Wilson is a Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. He is the author of “Mindful America” and “Buddhism of the Heart.”

Let’s Go For a Hike

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Hiking on Saturday, October 14, 2017. We will meet at the Troll Falls trailhead at 10:00 am in Kananaskis. This is a moderate, 3.5 km hike.  For trail head location either Google or check our Web post (to follow). Bring lunch and warm clothing. If you have questions, please contact Mickey at

Grey Cup Party!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mark your calendar as we’ll be hosting our 2nd Grey Cup party on Sunday Nov 25 starting at 3:30pm in the Temple basement. There will be chili for dinner. BYOB and lawn chairs. Singup Genius email will be coming out closer to the date.


Chow Mein Supper – Volunteers Needed

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Calgary Buddhist Temple is putting on its annual dinner on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and we need your help. The dinner is our biggest fundraiser and we need volunteers to fill various positions to make this a success.

Generally volunteers will work the entire dinner (4pm to 8 pm) but will be given breaks as possible to socialize with their friends and family at the event. Volunteers will also be served a chow mein meal.

Please volunteer and you will be slotted into various positions. You will receive an email about October 14th with information about your position and the time you are requested to arrive.


Thank you, the Temple really appreciates your participation.

In Gassho,

The Fundraising Committee

Temple Refuge Circle – Oct thru early Dec ‘Season’

Thursday, August 24, 2017

(a ‘refuge’ is a safe place – every Buddhist takes ‘refuge’ in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha)


This Tuesday group is a small meditation- & awareness-focused Practice ‘circuit’ meant for people who have been exploring Buddhism but wish to improve in:
Meditation (25mins), Loving-Kindness, Equanimity, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, Deep Listening, & Gratitude.

We will get to know each other while we deepen our Practice in a safe and caring environment.
Members will have the opportunity to run a weekly of session (voluntary).

This is a different form: that of a Circle, with each member contributing and learning from each other.

To join, I am asking interested people to have a commitment to this Circle for a ‘Season’.
This is much the same as if you were to join a sports team:
You can certainly miss a weekly session, but I ask that you are committed to being there for yourself and each other as if you were on a team.

This ‘Season’ Practice will run Tuesday evenings from Oct 10th through Dec 5th, starting at 7pm, at the Temple.
We usually finish about ~8:30pm, then a little shared cleanup of teacups that we used etc.

You can come on Tuesday Sept 12th to try it out before the ‘committed’ Season starts.

It is a gentle group, led by it’s members.
Membership is limited.
Dana to the temple: $25/person, speak to me if you cannot afford that, it should not be an impediment to attending.

In Gassho,
Calgary Buddhist Temple

Please contact me here if interested or if you have questions. Feel free to pass along to interested persons.refuge_circle