Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Sunday Services Online & Relevant Page Sections

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Don’t forget: NO SERVICES ONLINE from July 13 to Aug 15 (summer break). Due to the limited activity at the Temple and physical distancing, the Temple is continuing to stream regular Sunday Services using Facebook Live from the Facebook group, Calgary Buddhist Temple Group starting at 10:00am (MST).  Everyone is welcome!

Please find below the relevant sections from our service book:

For Sunday, July 12

For Sunday, July 5


In Gassho,

Calgary Buddhist Temple    

2020 Obon Schedule

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Based on the level of government restrictions, our Obon Schedule is subject to change but let’s stay positive and continue to be safe! 

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.

Saturday August 22nd

11 am – Strathmore cemetery – Everyone welcome

12:30 pm – Mountain View cemetery – Everyone welcome

2 pm – Nokotsudo/Columbarium Service – online using Facebook Live from the Facebook group,Calgary Buddhist Temple Group.  Everyone is welcome!


Sunday August 23rd

11 am – Eden Brook cemetery – Everyone welcome

1 pm – Queens Park cemetery – Everyone welcome

3 pm – OBON SERVICE at the Temple by Invitation Only or you can view online using Facebook Live from the Facebook group, Calgary Buddhist Temple Group.  Everyone is welcome!


Temple Re-Opened – Limited Attendance

Monday, July 06, 2020

To all Temple friends and members (June 18/20):

After 3 long months of closure, we are pleased to announce the careful, and cautious re-opening of our Temple on June 28. This summer the service dates will be June 28, July 5 and 12, August 16. The Obon service, August 23, will be available through live streaming; the Obon service will only be open to Hatsuobon families. There will be open cemetery services for families at Obon.

We will be implementing procedures to keep all those present in the temple safe and healthy.

  1. Due to physical distancing requirements, capacity will be limited. Each person attending will be asked to register online. We will be using a Signup Genius signup sheet which will be sent out prior to each service and will close on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday service. 
  2. Each person attending will be emailed a COVID-19 declaration, which is to be signed and brought to the temple prior to the service.
  3. Each person attending will receive a phone call (once before their first visit to the temple). This will be a welcome back call with reminders to our new protocols.
  4. Please arrive between 9:30 to 9:55, so that we have time to go through the temple entry process. The doors will be closed and locked at this time and latecomers will not be allowed in.
  5. A volunteer host will guide each member or the congregation through the entry process. This process will be: controlled entry, taking each person’s temperature, receiving COVID declarations, handing out service materials and/or masks if needed, and directions to seating. At the conclusion of the service, the host will lead a controlled exit.
  6. Face masks must be worn at all times while in the building. If you cannot bring one, we will have some single-use face masks on hand at the door.
  7. Only Sensei Gubenco will chant. The congregation will silently follow along. As we will not be handing out our service books, we will be emailing out the appropriate chants prior to the service and will have a few copies available at the door.
  8. Please always remember to practice social distancing; in the parking lot, and inside and outside of the Temple.
  9. High touch areas of the temple will be sanitized between services.
  10. Temple washrooms will be available for emergency only.

The live streaming and recording of the services will continue, so if you are not comfortable/or unable to attend in person, this will still be an option.

As you can see, at this time of re-opening, we are trying to do our best to “prevent the spread”. We see this as an evolving process and appreciate any feedback you may have to offer.

In Gassho

On behalf of the CBT Board Relaunch Committee and
Sensei Gubenco

Racial Justice

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

June Online Workshops

Monday, June 01, 2020

As a sign of the times, the Calgary Buddhist Temple will be holding 2 engaging workshops in June using “Zoom”, a web-based video conferencing tool.

1. Getting to the Bottom of It – Sunday, June 7th at 1:00-2:00 pm MST

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in women can cause multiple symptoms, which may include pain, pressure, or lack of bowel and bladder control. If you have some of these symptoms or just curious, please join this one hour online workshop bring presented by Leona Ham BSc. P.T, CATC, CAFCI, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist at Finishline Physiotherapy.

Register (ladies only) by emailing and the Zoom online meeting details will be sent to you. 

2. The Joy of Cooking – Tuesday, June 23rd from 7:00-8:00 pm MST

With self-isolating due to COVID-19, it’s interesting how our energies have shifted so much towards food, almost like going back to the basics, something we can control.  There’s a focus specifically on comfort food and the foods that connect us to our roots and to each other. And, where do we cook and eat many meals is in the kitchen!The Calgary Buddhist Temple is honored to have architectural writer/designer/historian John Ota presenting for us a glimpse of his journey through time – and the homes of Julia Child, Georgia O’Keeffe, Elvis Presley and many others in search of the perfect design. John shares some fascinating stories, beautiful photos, and highlights from his new book, The Kitchen.

This workshop is open to everyone!  Register by emailing and the Zoom online meeting invite will be sent to you. You are also welcome to submit questions to this email address for John and if time permits, there will be a Q&A session at the end.

To purchase John Ota’s book, The Kitchen, please go to:

Online Services Survey

Monday, May 04, 2020

Here you will find a link to a very short survey about the Calgary Buddhist Temple’s online Services. We would really appreciate you completing this survey to tell us how to best reach you with our Online Services and Temple News as well as how to improve. Survey deadline is Wednesday, May 13/20.

Thank you in advance for your input. 

In Gassho,

Calgary Buddhist Temple Board

Daily Evening Service

Friday, May 01, 2020

Sensei Robert of the Calgary Buddhist Temple will be live streaming a daily evening service starting at 9:00 pm MST each night.

The service will consist of reciting the Loving-Kindness Metta Meditation followed by and concluding with the chanting of Juseige. We will alternate between the Japanese and the English version of the chant each night.

The tradition of the evening service is a reflection in gratitude and appreciation for the day and the Compassion of Amida Buddha.

This service will be streaming using Facebook Live from the group, Calgary Buddhist Temple. Here is the link Calgary Buddhist Temple Group on Facebook.

Here you will find the service program and the English version of the chant, Juseige.


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