Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Temple Garage Sale

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Due to the success last year, the temple is again holding a garage sale! It will be on Saturday, June 3rd, so please bring your gently used items to the temple by June 1.

We would like some help with the sorting and pricing of items on Thursday evening, June 1st, and help on the day of the sale on Saturday, June 3rd. Please sign up to lend a hand!

Thank you for your wonderful support!

In Gassho,

Fundraising Committee

Gotanye & Keirokai

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

We are celebrating St. Shinran’s birthday (Gotanye) and honoring our Temple’s senior members (Keirokai) on Sunday, May 28th. Please join us for a luncheon following the service. We would like to ask volunteers for some side dishes and some fruit to compliment Japanese curry.

Please click here to view the online sign up sheet.

Semi-Annual Temple Cleaning

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Cleaning– on  Sunday, June 11 after the service. Please mark your calendar and join us as we would appreciate as many volunteers as possible!

Please sign up if you’re available to help be part of the Sangha and work together to clean the temple inside and outside.

2017 Vancouver Island Obon Cemetery Tour

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The BC Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation is proud to announce the 2017 Vancouver Island Obon Cemetery Tour from Aug. 11 to 13th. 2017 is a significant year, not only because our nation is turning 150 years old, but it also signifies 75 years since the internment of Japanese Canadians. For more information, here is the 2017 Vancouver Island Obon Cemetery Visitation Poster as well as the 2017 Vancouver Island Obon Cemetery Application. If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining, please have them contact Grant Ikuta at, minister Steveston Buddhist Temple.

Victoria Dojo

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jodo Shinshu Buddhist services have started in Victoria!

With the approval of the Bishop of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC) and sponsorship of the British Columbia Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation BCJSBF), a series of services, in English, are being held in Victoria. These services are in recognition of special events in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism; in conjunction with each of these services, there will be a “Dharma” Sharing.

These services are open to those interested in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism; Jodo Shinshu Buddhism was first introduced to Canada in 1905. Presently, there are several temples in Canada with two of the largest in Vancouver and Richmond, B.C.

The first of these services was the Bodhi Day Service and it was held Saturday, December 3rd in recognition of attainment of Enlightenment by the Buddha. The second service was the Ohigan Service (Spring Equinox), held on Saturday, March 11.

Future services will be held on Saturdays at 10:00 am. Please see the dates below for a list of future confirmed services in 2017.

Location:        Church of Truth – 111 Superior Street, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1T2

Time:               10:00 AM

Sponsorship:  British Columbia Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation (BCJSBTF)

Organiser:       Roy Akune, Minister’s Assistant, Steveston Buddhist Temple

Future Service Dates:            

  • May 13 – Gotanye (Birth of Shinran)
  • August – Obon held in conjunction with Vancouver Island Obon Services (August 11 -13) Specific date for Victoria service to be confirmed
  • September date to be confirmed – Fall O’Higan (Fall Equinox).

If you have any questions about these services, please contact Trudy Gahlinger at

Are You Interested in Learning About Personal Directives?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A representative from Alberta Health Services will be doing a presentation about advance care and personal directives. Advance Care Planning is a way to help you think about, talk about and document wishes for health care in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care.

Hope you will join us! Refreshments will be served.

When: Sunday, April 30, 11:30-12:15pm

Where: Main hondo

If you would like to attend, please click on the link and signup.