Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Sunday Services In-person & Online

Friday, March 05, 2021

We are pleased to announce our Temple doors are open to limited in-person attendance – please ensure you signup and are comfortable with the guidelines below.  In addition, we will continue to hold regular Sunday Services Online from our Facebook group, Calgary Buddhist Temple, also starting at 10:00am (MST).  EVERYONE is welcome by either method!

SIGNUP to attend the in-person serviceSunday, Oct 31

Please review to determine if attending an in-person service is within your comfort zone.

  1. Physical distancing is in effect and masks are mandatory.
  2. The Temple would appreciate that all attendees over 12 years are fully vaccinated.
  3. Chanting – anyone wanting to chant out loud must wear a mask. Those who would prefer to distance themselves from people chanting aloud can sit in the mezzanine. The mezzanine will be a silent chanting zone.
  4. Each person attending will be asked to register online. We will be using a SIGNUP Genius signup form.
  5. Temple washrooms will be available for emergency only.
  6. Please do not attend if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.

For ONLINE Sunday Services, the relevant sections from our service book can be found here at least a day prior:


Japan Tour 2023

Monday, October 25, 2021

Who’s interested in going to Japan in 2023 to attend two momentous occasions?  Join members of the Calgary Buddhist Temple along with our Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC) sangha in attending Shinran Shonin 850th Birth Anniversary and the 17th World Buddhist Women’s Convention in May of 2023 with Jodo Shinshu followers from all over the world!  

It may seem far away but it is important to let us know if you’re interested by January 2022 as numbers are needed now!  For those in Calgary and area, please email if you are interested in attending and for more information as tours after the celebrations are also in the works.

A Little Karma Goes a Long Way

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 7pm MDT

The Calgary Buddhist Temple is thrilled to have our own Sensei Robert Gubenco give an introduction to karma presentation with discussion to follow.  This is a free workshop open to everyone so please register to attend!


“Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo DaVinci


Register online at:


Be An Advocate for the Elderly

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at 7pm MDT

It is so important to be able to recognize and talk about elder abuse, how unacceptable it is and to let people know help is available. The Calgary Buddhist Temple Sangha Engagement brings this educational and vital topic to the forefront.  Our seniors and other significant people in our lives are getting older and may require more care.  

If someone discloses abuse to you, you see signs or if you suspect abuse, it is your responsibility to do something about it.  Please join this informative presentation by Katharina Zacharias of the Calgary Kerby Centre who is passionate about raising awareness of elder abuse because it is seriously lacking in our society.  Let’s advocate for seniors and learn about facts, signs, prevention and resources.

This workshop is open to everyone!

Register online for this free workshop at:

“Gratitude for the Jodo Shinshu Teaching”

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

We have recently received the Gomonshu sama’s latest message sent from the Hongwanji International Department.  Please follow this link to read his message on “Gratitude for the Jodo Shinshu Teaching” which begins

“This year we will once again have the opportunity to observe the Commemorative Service of the Establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Teaching together. This service’s name, ‘Establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Teaching,’ refers to Shinran Shonin’s systematical presentation of the Jodo Shinshu teaching through his main writing, Kyōgyōshinshō, or The True Teaching, Practice, and Realization of the Pure Land Way. (read more)

Discover Reiki

Friday, September 03, 2021

Join the Calgary Buddhist Temple Sangha Engagement on Sunday, October 17 at 1pm mountain time for this online 90 minute Discover Reiki session with Candice Macpherson.  Candice is a Holistic Healer and Wellness Expert specializing in Reiki, Laughter Yoga and Spiritual Connections. She is a Usui Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki Master and Kundalini Reiki Master.

Candice will share:

  • What is Reiki?
  • The history and levels of Reiki
  • How Energy healing works (hands-on and distant healing)
  • How attunements work
  • Holistic Healing benefits (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual)
  • How to use Reiki with meditation and prayer
  • Guided Reiki Meditation (distant healing option will be offered to those who would like to experience it)

Questions and Answers

Register online at: 

“Reopening Our Hearts”

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Vancouver Buddhist Temple is hosting a virtual BC Jodo Shinshu Buddhist convention on Zoom on Saturday, September 18th at 10-11:30AM (PT). They are extending the invitation to join the lecture with temples outside of British Columbia.
“Reopening Our Hearts: Living with Peace of Mind in the Nembutsu”
with Rev. Henry Adams (San Mateo Buddhist Temple, CA)