Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Cooking/Food Demo

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Temple Ladies have coordinated a demo for Sunday, June 2 at 11:15am (after service) with a “Homage to Rice” – Refer to image below in this post for more information.

Demo Picture

BCJSBTF Convention

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The British Columbia Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation (BCJSBTF) Convention is being held in Kamloops, BC on September 27-29, 2019.

This is the first time for Kamloops to fully host a convention in over ten years and we look forward to welcoming you. Our theme is ‘Our differences make us strong’. We are excited to have Dr Kenneth Tanaka as our guest speaker!

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Keirokai/Gotanye Service

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A reminder that this Sunday is Keirokai which is a yearly event honouring our members who are ‘Keiro’, that is, our senior, experienced Sangha members.

Gotan-ye service will also be held as this is the celebration of the birth of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Shinran Shonin was born on May 21, 1173. Gotan means birth and Ye means gathering.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Sunday, April 4 the Temple will be celebrating Hanamatsuri. According to Buddhist tradition, Prince Siddhartha Gautama (Sakyamuni Buddha), was born on 8 April, 566 B.C. in the garden of Lumbini, in present day Nepal. Flowers decorate a statue of the Buddha and the Sangha is invited to symbolically pour sweet tea over the baby Buddha statue, recreating the legend that at birth, a gentle perfumed nectar rain fell from the sky bathing the baby Buddha.

A potluck lunch will follow the Hanamatsuri service so if you would like to contribute, please refer to the SignUp page to know what might be appreciated.  Thank you for sharing!

Everyone is welcome so hope to see you there!


Nonviolent Communication Workshop

Thursday, March 14, 2019

What: We are honoured to offer a workshop in Nonviolent Communication.
Where: The Calgary Buddhist Temple
When: Saturday April 27th 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: $40, $45 for non-Temple-members
Who: Open to all, space is limited.

Why: In alignment with our deep value of ‘Right Speech’ from the Buddha’s teaching of the Eightfold Path., this workshop will bring us tools and awareness to enhance our ability to improve our skills in nonviolent communication in our lives.

Contact: Sensei Ken Madden to sign up. Fee to be paid on the day of the workshop. (Please respect that if you sign up we need to have your participation or fee covered to offer correct dana to Anne).

Click here for full details regarding the workshop!

Retirement Party for Sensei James Martin

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

James Sensei will be retiring at the end of April and the Board would like to invite everyone to a dinner party. We would like to thank him for the years of leading our Sangha and wish him well on his next chapter in life.

  • Retirement Party Date:  May 11, 2019
  • Location:  Calgary Buddhist Temple
  • Time:  6:00 pm
  • Cost:  $20 per person and will be a Chinese buffet dinner

 If interested please contact Lester Ikuta ( or Cari Vaughan ( for tickets.