Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Sunday Services – In-Person & Online

Friday, March 10, 2023

We are pleased to be able to provide a hybrid service with in-person and online live-streaming available. Both start at 10:00am (MST) with EVERYONE welcome however, please do NOT attend in-person if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms. 

ONLINE live-streaming is from our Facebook group Calgary Buddhist Temple, and the relevant sections from our service book can be found here approximately one day prior:

Family Picnic – Sunday June 18

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Everyone is welcome to attend the Family (Father’s Day) Picnic on Sunday, June 18 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm at Edworthy Park – site#2.  Note that there will be NO meditation nor Sunday Service this day at the Temple.

It has been a few years since we’ve been able to hold this event so it’ll be great to get together again for a picnic with family and friends.  A short service is typically held at 11:30 am then join us for some games, camaraderie and of course, sunshine. Pack a lunch and be ready to share as it usually ends up being a potluck affair.

Hope to have many people come out and enjoy time together – rain or shine.




Gyoza Making Fundraiser

Sunday, May 21, 2023

The Temple is organizing a fundraising event on Saturday, June 10th from 9:00 am to noon creating delicious handmade gyoza which will then be frozen and sold in bags of a dozen.  We would like to ask for volunteers to help make these gyoza and support this fundraiser for the temple!  This is a great opportunity to learn how to make gyoza plus spend time getting to know fellow sangha members.


As always, thank you for your support.

The Temple Fundraising Committee

Keirokai – Senior Appreciation Day

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

On Sunday, May 28, please join us to celebrate Keirokai, Senior Appreciation Day following the Gotanye/Shinran Shonin birth service. Keirokai is a yearly event honoring our dedicated senior members. 

After service there will be a lunch to give us an opportunity to show our appreciation. The organizing Toban group will be serving a curry and rice lunch (plus cake for dessert). All are welcome to join the luncheon! 

They are asking for some additional dishes to supplement the meal. Click on the link to see the Keirokai signup sheet:

Thank you.

Keirokai Toban

Half Day Meditation Retreat

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The Calgary Buddhist Temple will be holding a Half Day Meditation Retreat on Saturday, May 6th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The retreat will be limited to 20 people.

Retreat to include:

Meditation – sitting, walking, and guided body scan

Loving-Kindness (Metta) meditation

Naikan Reflection

Sutra Tracing

Mindful eating – vegetarian soup for lunch


There is no cost to the Half Day Retreat but a small donation is always appreciated to support the temple. Please click Half Day Retreat SignUp to register for the retreat.

Matinee at the Temple

Monday, April 17, 2023

Join us for an afternoon movie matinee on Saturday, June 17th at 2:00pm!  The Calgary Buddhist Temple is pleased to host a FREE showing of “Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story” presented by High Summitt Immigration. Everyone is welcome! 

Discussion to follow and then stick around to watch “Our Beloved Otera” from 2009 which is a tribute to the Raymond Buddhist Temple narrated by Reyko Nishiyama and Harry Sugimoto. It was the first Buddhist temple established in Alberta and functioned until 2006.

Register by going to

Sleeping Tigers is a feature-length documentary, made in 2003, tells the story of the Asahi baseball team. This team became a symbol of the Japanese Canadian struggle for equality and respect, and despite being disbanded and interned, left a legacy of inspiration for future generations of all Canadians. This remarkable story is told with a combination of archival footage, interviews, and dramatic re-enactments.

Light refreshments will generously be provided by a grant from the Calgary Nikkei Cultural Fund and the Calgary Japanese Community Association. Let’s come together and make this afternoon educational, engaging and enjoyable for all!


Futomaki Workshop

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Come join the Sangha at the Temple on Saturday, May 27th at 2pm for a demonstration on how to make Futomaki which is a rolled sushi characterized by its large size and filled with a number of different ingredients. You’ll learn about the types of things that can go inside this sushi as well as how to roll the maki.

The cost is $12 (temple member) and $17 (non-temple member) – taxes and event service fee included. LIMITED registration – open to the first 10 people who register and pay online. Also included in the cost is that each participant will make one futomaki that they can take home to enjoy!

Green tea and an opportunity to get to know each other will follow.

Sign up before the workshop is full!