Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Cooking/Food Demo

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

(Pre-registration Required!) The ladies of the Calgary Buddhist Temple are coordinating another wonderful Cooking/Food Demo to be held at the Temple on Sunday, Sept 15 at 11:30am.

The Nabe or Hotpot is a simple but delicious and comforting meal with vegetables, tofu, noodles, seafood, meat, poultry – whatever suits your taste. We will take a look at several different types of broth, and prepare the nabe to enjoy a delicious lunch!

This demo is open to ALL the members of the Sangha (men, women, and children). Cost is $5/adult and children (12 and under) are free.

Please sign-up by Sept 12 using SignUpGenius: OR email

Register for Ikebana Classes

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Japanese Flower Arrangement (Ikebana) Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at The Calgary Buddhist Temple from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm on:

Sep 14, 28, Oct 12, 26 and Nov 16   

The 5 classes are a series and cost is $225 total ($45 per class) including flower material and instruction for Temple members or $250 for non-members ($50 per class). No refunds for missed classes.

Students must supply their own containers (please ask Rika for suitable size and shape), scissors and kenzan (frog). Contact Rika if you need help selecting your items but these are not supplied as part of the lesson.

Rika Saruwatari trained under Ms. Takako Yokoyama, and became a certified Shihan (teacher) in 2012. 

Rika’s contact info: or call 403-701-0390

Getting to the Bottom of It

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Women can cause multiple symptoms, which may include pelvic pain or pressure, lack of bowel and bladder control, sporadic or persistent low back or hip pain and dysfunction. On Sunday, October 6 at 11:30am, attend this one hour workshop made available for the Ladies of the Calgary Buddhist Temple and their guests. If you have some of these symptoms or just have a curiosity, please come for a listen.

There is no charge to attend this workshop and by speaker request, any donations made at this workshop will be directed to a family or women’s charity therefore, we will proudly be supporting the Women’s Centre of Calgary.

Facilitated by Leona Ham Leona Ham BSc. P.T, CATC, CAFCI, Pelvic Health physiotherapist Finishline Physiotherapy

Signup by Oct 1 by using SignUpGenius.

Potluck lunch to follow.

Remember – Ladies are welcome to bring/register with their mom, daughter, sister, or any female important to you!

Questions? Please email

Nokotsudo & Obon

Monday, July 22, 2019

On August 17 at 2:00pm, there will be a Nokotsudo or Columbarium Service at the temple. A Nokotsudo is a special area for the storage of ashes of loved ones.

Obon Cemetery Services will be held:

Saturday, August 17, 2019 cemetery services

  • Strathmore at 11:00 AM
  • Mountain View at 12:30 PM

Sunday, August 18, 2019 cemetery services

  • Eden Brook at 11:00 AM
  • Queens Park at 1:00 PM Sunday, August 18, 2019 Obon Temple service at 3:00 PM Sunday, August 18, 2019 Obon Temple service at 3:00 PM

Sunday, August 18, 2019 Obon Temple service at 3:00 PM with a potluck meal to follow.  Please SignUp and let us know what you’ll be able to bring to share for this meal.

Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri”

Monday, July 22, 2019

The 9th Annual Japanese Festival “Omatsuri” will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10 AM – 5 PM at Max Bell Centre. “Omatsuri” is the Japanese term for a “traditional festival”.

Visitors to the festival will be treated to authentic Japanese customs, presentations of traditional music, dance & song, martial arts demonstrations, and more! There will be games and activities for the kids, galleries of local Japanese arts and crafts as well as several food kiosks featuring traditional Japanese cuisine.

Don’t miss out on the fabulous sake tasting as well as our beer gardens! We hope you will join us on August 10th to support the members of the Japanese Canadian Community as we celebrate our heritage, culture and traditions.

General Admission: $7.00 Kids (6 – 12): $3.00 Kids (5 and Under): Free

Summer 2019 Fundraising Events – updated June 28

Monday, June 03, 2019

Garage sale – July 27

Decluttering? Spring Cleaning? Nudging adult children out of the house? We can help by selling those items that no longer spark joy at the temple Garage Sale! No clothing, books or furniture please.

If you would like to donate your gently used items to either of our 2 sale events, you could bring them to the temple July 23 and July 25 after 6 pm or contact Jean at, 403-975-6087, or Mickey at, 403-271-8824 to arrange pickup or drop off times. Thank you for your support!

On Saturday, July 27, be sure to come out and support our annual celebration of impermanence!

All Things Japanese Sale – Omatsuri August 11

We have rented a vendor table at the Calgary Japanese Festival – Omatsuri. As per past years, we sell gently used goods from Japan. We are collecting these goods along with garage sale items. We will set any appropriate items aside for the sale in August.

To sign up for “2019 Summer Fundraising”.  Please click here!