Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Grey “Have a Buddhaful Day” T-shirts now available

Friday, August 03, 2018

Since we have sold out of the larger sizes of our t-shirts, we have reprinted them in dark grey. They will be available at both the temple and at the Japanese Omatsuri Festival on Saturday August 11 (Max Bell Centre). All the proceeds from these shirts will go to the CBT Capital Campaign. Please email Doug at if have any questions.


Obon – Sunday, Aug 26

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Honouring all Ancestors – Obon is a time to express our gratitude to loved ones who have passed on before us. Without them, we would not be who we are today, due to the basic tenet of interdependence. We would not be where we are and we would not be able to do the things we do to enjoy life. Just think about the number of people involved in creating each of us. If we go back just thirty generations, we can calculate that there were over two billion parents, starting with our two parents, their four parents, and so on—and that’s just the physical part.

Schedule for cemetery visits:
• Strathmore – 9:00 am
• Mountain View – 9:45 am
• Burnsland – 10:30 am
• Eden Brook – 11:00 am
• Queens – 1:00 pm

Obon Temple Service is at 3:00pm with potluck to follow. Everyone is welcome to attend this special service of gratitude.

For more information on what’s going on at the Temple, check-out the Calgary Buddhist Temple Newsletter for the month of August, 2018

Volunteers Needed for Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri”

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hello Temple Friends!

We are preparing for our Japanese items sale at the annual Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri” on Saturday, August 11, 2018 and need volunteers to help set up, sell, and/or clean up.

If you can help, please SIGNUP.

If you have some Japanese items to donate, you can bring them to the temple or even at the event.

Thank you for your support!

In Gassho,
Calgary Buddhist Temple (CBT) Fundraising Committee

Fundraising – updated June 7

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

As we head into late spring, the Fundraising committee is gearing up for our annual events. We are requesting once again for your participation and help.

We are asking for donation of garage sale items for our annual garage sale on June 23rd. If you have items to donate we will gratefully accept items other than clothing, books and large furniture. Two ways to drop off items:

1. Bring them to the Temple on Service Days (Sundays or Thursdays).
2. Arrange for a drop off outside of those days or a pickup by contacting:

• Jean at or 403-975-6087
• Mickey at or 403-271-8824

* We are looking for help with pricing on Thur, June 14 and selling on Sat, June 23. Please SIGNUP if you can lend a hand!

We are also taking donations of new or gently used Japanese items for our sales table at the Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri”.

Family Picnic – Sunday, June 17

Monday, May 14, 2018

Everyone is welcome on Sunday, June 17 for our annual Family Day Picnic at Edworthy Park, site #1 on the south side of the river. Join us for some games, races, camaraderie and sunshine. Pack a lunch and be ready to share as it usually ends up being a potluck affair.

As so many of us know our family units now often include beings that are not human but are still so very important to our family regardless. A short service will be held at 11:30 to reflect upon all the sentient beings that have been a part of our journey through life and have supported us through good times and bad.

If you have a pet you would like to bring along or perhaps a memento of a pet that has passed please bring that and we will take a moment to reflect upon all the non human beings that have supported our existence and asked for so little in return.

Access is best from the south side of the park off of Bow Trail. From the north side walk across the bridge and look for the pack at site #1.

May 27 – Gotany’e and Keirokai

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Recognizing Shinran’s Birth and Senior’s Appreciation Day!

Gotany’e – The birth of the Founder of Jodo Shinshu is commemorated annually as an expression of joy and happiness. Shinran Shonin was born at Hino, a few miles southeast of Kyoto on May 21, 1173.

Keirokai is a special time to honor the elders of our community (“Kei” means to honor or respect; “ro” refers to the elderly).

Please join us for a luncheon after service. If there is anyone who is a member 70 years or older and is not on the list, please contact Yuko at