Sensei Ken Madden
I was born and raised in beautiful BC: sunny wind-driven waters surrounded
by mountains are still my most-loved place in nature. As a kid in the 70’s, I rode my bike past the Steveston Temple with some curiosity.
Now married to Teri & Dad to 2 grown daughters that I am exceptionally proud of, I make my living in corporate IT.
I have explored various philosophical systems in my life and have always
been drawn to people who are authentic: whose practices are based in the
real world and that are transformative. I know deep gratitude for the compassion of the kind people I’ve met during life’s various challenges.
I first came to the Calgary Buddhist Temple after encountering Shin Buddhism online, then attended an Introduction to Buddhism class, met Ikuta and Martin Senseis and stayed to make tea a few times.
Shin’s understanding of the world is one of letting go of our attachment to
personal attainment. This letting go is not easy, but it is likely a lot easier than trying to make the impossible happen by our own limited ability! This unique understanding & the people of this Temple meant I stayed: and there was tea to be made so that the Senseis could talk to & encourage people.
Making tea was a direct path to wanting to know & serve a little more: I joined the Temple Board in 2007, traveled to Japan with James Martin Sensei and a few other warm Calgary Temple Sangha members in 2009, completed the
Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course in 2010, undertook the Minister Assistants Program at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley California in 2010 & 2011. Fascinated, I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface.
I joined Minister Assistants from the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) & from across Canada (JSBTC) and Europe in studying and completing Tokudo Ordination in September 2012 at the Head Temple of Nishi Hongwanji-ha in Kyoto Japan.
I now assist James Sensei in service: trying to mindfully chant well and I still make tea. I am always the large person in the back in all the photos.