Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Dharma School Teachers Wanted!

Friday, January 22, 2021
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The Living Dharma Centre is looking for volunteers to become Dharma School Teachers for our once monthly Zoom Dharma School.   This would involve leading an age appropriate lesson or activity based on a monthly Theme.  The lesson would be approximately 20 minutes.

If you would like to volunteer, you would need to participate in a Zoom planning meeting once a month and then teach the class on the last Saturday of each month – the session runs from 9 to 9:45am PST.

We are hoping that enough people volunteer so we will have co-teachers in case you can’t teach every month. Depending on the demographics of the Students that participate I am hoping we can have 3 classes:  Grade 3 and under,  Grades 4 to 7, Grade 8 and older.   

You lesson plans would be approved by one of our ministers, or if you want, we can brainstorm for lesson plan ideas at our monthly planning meetings.

The first Zoom Dharma School service is on January 30th, and since it is such short notice, I have taken the liberty of planning the activity for the under Grade 7 group.  I hope someone will come up with a lesson plan for the Grade 8 and up, but I do have an idea for them too if we need to use it.

I hope families will participate in this FUN virtual Sangha which in turn will encourage them to return to our Temple Dharma Schools once COVID is over.

Thank you for your consideration and help in making this a reality!

In gassho,

Mari Cameron 

Vernon Buddhist Temple

Zoom Dharma School

Friday, January 22, 2021
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The Living Dharma Centre has great news!   Under the direction of Mari Cameron in Vernon, the LDC  will be hosting a Zoom Dharma School once a month on the last Saturday of each month from 9:00 to 9:45 am PST.

Zoom Dharma School will follow this format:

  •   20 minute service with everyone,
  •   5-20 minutes of age-appropriate theme based activity or lesson with Dharma school teachers in separate Zoom breakout rooms, and
  •   5 minutes of Closing service and announcements with everyone.

The first Zoom Dharma School Service is next Saturday, January 30th. 9:00 to 9:45 AM PST.   The theme will be The Hidden Buddha In You, with Aoki Socho leading the service.

Would you please forward this information to your Dharma School leaders and to those Temple families who in non-COVID times attend your Dharma School?

On January 27th, we will email a Zoom invitation to the Service and we ask that you please also forward the invitation to your Dharma School leaders and Temple families.

NOTE:  For those Dharma School students who plan to participate on January 30th, and who are up to Grade 7, please have three pieces of fruit that contain seeds and a cutting board ready for the dharma lesson.  The supervising adult will also need a knife to help the student with this activity.

Hope you will be able to join us for the first ever Zoom Dharma School!  I promise it will be FUN!

If you have any questions, please email Mari Cameron.

In gassho,

LDC- JSBTC Zoom Dharma School 

Resolving Life’s Problems through Buddhism

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
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The Calgary Buddhist Temple Sangha Engagement was truly honored to have Rev. Marvin Harada, the Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America, share the Dharma with us on Sunday, Feb 7 at 2pm MST.

Buddhism enables us to resolve any of life’s problems that we might face.  In this seminar, Rev. Harada will touch on four major issues in life: 

  1. The matter of life and death
  2. Relationship Issues
  3. Work Issues
  4. Self Esteem issues

“We all face such issues in life, but we may not see how Buddhism enables us to truly resolve any of them.”

The recording of this presentation can be found HERE:  Passcode: c=A5kqTA

CBT Custom Mask

Tuesday, December 08, 2020
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The Calgary Buddhist Temple has a limited number of custom printed, adjustable twill face masks available. These made in Canada masks are triple layered with two inner natural cotton knits and are available in two colours (black and white) and three sizes (Adult regular, Adult large and Youth). They are $20 each, 3 for $50 or 5 for $80. For more information, contact Doug at doughironaka@gmail.com

In-Person Sunday Services Suspended

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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After careful consideration, the Calgary Buddhist Temple has decided to discontinue in-person attendance at Sunday morning services due to climbing COVID-19 infection rates. Although our temple attendance procedures since re-opening in July has been rigorous and well within the health measures announced by the Alberta government on Nov 24, we feel that this must be done to reduce risk to all members of our Sangha.

The Temple will re-assess this decision in January, and will resume in-person attendance as soon as this situation is less critical.

Services will continue to be live streamed via the Temple Facebook group, and although we recognize that watching from your home cannot replace attending the service in person, we all must do what we can to slow the spread and help our healthcare workers.

In Gassho,

Jean

On behalf of the Calgary Buddhist Temple Re-launch committee