Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Dec 31, 6:00-8:00pm

We gather downstairs and, following the tradition, slurp up noodles for a snack because as everyone knows, long noodles mean long life!

Kids will have a chance to pin the nenju on the Buddha this year!

Then, we will meander upstairs to the Hondo and, following a short service, the Sangha will participate in ringing the large temple bell (kansho) 108 times. The bell is chimed 108 times in Buddhist temples to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations (bonno) a person must overcome to achieve nirvana.

New Year’s Day Service – Jan 1, 2:30-3:30pm

Have a sleep in as it is an afternoon service to welcome in the new year!

Bodhi Day Raffle – Updated

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Interested in purchasing raffle tickets with great prizes in support of the Calgary Buddhist Temple?

  • 1st prize – 2 return tickets anywhere WestJet flies – Winner: Ron Lewis
  • 2nd prize – Phillips Sonic FlexCare Toothbrush – Winner: Jim Bowman
  • 3rd prize – Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Daypack – Winner: Barrie Robb
  • This has been a very successful fundraiser in the past with enthusiastic participation by the community at large as well as by members of the Temple. Funds raised have gone to the Temple’s Capital Campaign, which is extremely important as we pay down our debt. By focusing on the Capital Campaign, funds raised from this raffle allow us to allocate other resources to ongoing operations, providing evening services and discussion groups, and being involved in both the Bridgeland community and the Japanese Canadian community.

    Thank you for your support! 🙏

    Grey Cup Party

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Get your party hats and Stampeder jerseys on as our team will be in the Grey Cup again* and remember, third time’s the charm!

    Join us for the 106th Grey Cup Game party at the temple Sunday November 25 – Doors open at 4:00 pm and close after the Cup is presented to the Stamps!

    This year it is Dharma Dogs on the menu so you just need to bring your own favourite refreshments and a comfortable chair if so desired!

    If you can help selling pool tickets please pick some up after the Sunday service!

    Only $2 a pop so they are easy to sell!

    GO Stamps GO!

    *the Calgary Buddhist Temple assumes no liability if the Stamps don’t make it to the Grey Cup (LOL)

    Women’s Federation (WF) Forum

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    On Sunday, Dec 9, right after the Bodhi Day lunch, meet in the hondo to find out about the 2019 World Buddhist Women’s Convention, find out what the Women’s Federation does, and provide input on the direction of the WF locally.

    Please remember to bring a donation for the Calgary Women’s Centre such as new, unwrapped gift donations for children ages 0 – 17 or new, unwrapped gift donations for women.


    The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC) Women’s Federation (WF), has tasked a subcommittee to update the organizations Terms of Reference or “ToR”. The desire is to regain membership and inject vitality to make the organization more current and attractive to join!

    This is the first DRAFT copy of the JSBTCWF_ToR_v1.2 which is a document intended to initiate discussion within local Temples. Let’s take this opportunity to have energizing dialogue that inspires growth!

    The WF encourages input, suggestions, and constructive feedback from everyone so that this document can truly be a collaborative effort.

    Christmas Ikebana Class

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Register to make a beautiful flower arrangement/centerpiece that will impress your friends and family over the holidays!

    Saturday, December 22 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
    Price $65 (includes all materials except container.)

    A minimum of 5 people are needed to proceed with the class and space will be limited to 7 people so that adequate, personal instruction can be provided.

    Please contact Rika Saruwatari / / 403-252-4703 to register or for more details.

    Walk with Me – a film about Thich Nhat Hanh – showing Thursday November 8th at the Temple

    Tuesday, October 09, 2018










    A film about Vietnamese Mindfulness Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Shown in Partnership with the Wild Rose Sangha, a Sangha in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

    Doors open 6pm

    Start at 6:30pm with a teaching from Mindfulness Teacher Chan Huy from Montreal.

    Film at 7:15pm, space is limited to 125 people.

    Public invited, Cost is Free, although Dana will be accepted to help defray the costs only.($5 each? Thank you!)

    Walk with Me