Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Dharma Time for Kids – BBQ

Monday, August 14, 2017

After service on Sunday, September 10th, Dharma Time has scheduled a fun-filled fall picnic/bar-b-q @ St. George’s Island near the playground (weather permitting).

All kids and their families are invited to attend!

*Note: We are looking for volunteers to help with Dharma Time – both for short lessons (25 minutes) and for play/social time supervision. Please contact Erin at if you are able to help.

Obon Service – Sunday, Aug 27

Monday, August 14, 2017

Obon represent a mix of Buddhist, Confucian and Japanese cultures honoring the spirits of ancestors.

Obon is a time for homecomings, visiting family gravesides, dances, storytelling and decorating household altars, but most of all being with family and friends.

Join us at a graveside service (check the website for the schedule and everyone is welcome to join in one of the services) and our service at 3:00 pm at the temple and potluck dinner to follow!

Please note that there is NO morning service or meditation!

Our guest speaker this year is a personal friend and long time Jodo Shin Buddhist who, perhaps, has an understanding of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism that transcends culture and language as he has had a foot in both worlds so to speak. With Asian ancestry and Western roots, he offers a perspective that very few of us are able to appreciate and incorporate into our own life experience.

Brian Nagata is a fourth-generation Californian who has been active in the Buddhist Churches of America and local temple his whole life, as a member, student, leader and volunteer.  He is currently serving as Managing editor for the BCA’s national newspaper “Wheel of Dharma” and as educational tour coordinator for the BCA’s Center for Buddhist Education.  Professionally, Brian serves on the staff of the BDK English Tripitaka Project which is translating the Buddhist Canon from Chinese into English, and coordinates the Numata Program in Buddhist Studies at ten renown North American universities.  He was recently appointed to the Advisory Council for the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto and serves as Vice President of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Canada Foundation.

I hope you will join us in celebrating Obon 2017 and the opportunity to listen and learn from the Dharma talk of our special guest speaker!

Sensei James

CAN YOU BRING SOMETHING FOR THE DINNER?  The Calgary Buddhist Temple will have a supper following the Obon service on August 27. Please click HERE to view the online sign up sheet.

Upcoming Buddhism 101

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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.

There will be 8 consecutive sessions beginning October 12 through November 30, 2017 so mark it on your calendar and come on out!

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!

Visit Us at Omatsuri

Friday, July 28, 2017

Our Temple will have two booths at the Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri” (Hosted by Calgary Japanese Cultural Association).

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Location: Max Bell Centre  1001 Barlow Trail S.E.


  • Sales Table: We will be selling gently used Japanese items including Japanese dishware, kimonos, ukatas and decorative items.
  • Community table: We will be offering information about Calgary Buddhist Temple and also have for purchase an assortment of Ojujus, and “Have a Buddhaful Day!” T-shirts.

Hope you will come to the Festival and check out our tables. We are also looking for a volunteers to help us on that day. If you would like to signup please click on the link:

Dementia Workshop

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Momiji Society and Japanese Medical Support Network in Canada are co-sponsors of an upcoming workshop on dementia and are offering a 3 hour dementia volunteer training‎ in Calgary on Sunday, July 23! They are preferably targeting caregivers or volunteers for seniors programs. The temple has been asked to share this wonderful opportunity to anyone who might be interested in attending.

Please see the Dementia Supporter Flyer for the details!

  • If English speaking persons show interest in the workshop, we would welcome them because the lecturer will be Ms. Yuka Okada, Momiji support service director, geriatric nurse who can present both in Japanese and in English.
  • We can provide a standard text book for free and show DVD with English subtitle.
  • Workshop program was developed by Caravan-mate council in Tokyo and well-received in Japan.

The followings are rough translation for the flyer:

A Title: Workshop of Dementia Supporter Training

B Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017

C Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

D Venue: Calgary Nikkei Cultural & Senior Centre at 2236 29 St. SW, Alberta

E Contact: Mr. Naoto Suzuki at 403-921-8442 or

F Co-sponsor: Japanese Medical Support Network in Canada (JAMSNET-CANADA) and Momiji Health Care Society