Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Sunday Services – In-Person & Online

Saturday, January 15, 2022

We are pleased to be able to provide a hybrid service with in-person and online live-streaming available. When attending in-person please be aware of the following:

  • Face masks would be appreciated. We will have face masks available, if needed
  • Maintain social distancing between cohorts
  • Please do NOT attend if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms

Live-streaming from our Facebook group, Calgary Buddhist Temple, will continue to be an option – both start on Sundays at 10:00am (MST).  EVERYONE is welcome!

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

Cook with the Sangha

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

A fun, relaxed way to learn something new. This will be an in-person cooking demo of several tasty recipes on Sunday, February 26th, 2023 at noon at the temple so come on out and join the Sangha as we learn together and enjoy each other’s company at the same time.  

Open to EVERYONE at a cost of $5/person payable in cash on the day of. Come and enjoy the fellowship of the sangha!

Space is limited so please register early:   

Furoshiki Workshop

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

A more sustainable (and beautiful) way to wrap!  The Calgary Buddhist Temple Sangha Engagement is pleased to organize this in-person workshop on Sunday, Jan 29/23 at 1pm which will be held at the Temple and will be taught by a local business, Nanao Kimono ( Nanao Kimono is a Japanese lifestyle shop in Kensington full of an assortment of treasures brought from Japan, including towels, tableware, tea and soaps.

Cost of the workshop is $30 per person which includes a furoshiki along with green tea and light refreshment. Maximum registration is 10 people but if this workshop is full, another class may be offered.

Furoshiki is where art meets sustainability – using decorative fabrics to wrap gifts, packages, and for other purposes, the furoshiki offers an earth-friendly alternative.  It has been used for hundreds of years for a great many uses. The Word “Furo” translates to “bath”, and “shiki” means “to spread out”. Originally, they were used to wrap up sacred and important items at temples or shrines, then later were adopted for carrying personal items to and from the public bathhouse. More recently, Furoshiki became very popular as a simple handbag, grocery bag, and especially, as a reusable gift wrapping!

To register and pay in advance to attend this workshop, please go to:


Ikebana Centerpiece Class

Friday, November 18, 2022

Sunday, December 18 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Temple.  The price is $75 and includes flowers and materials.  Students must bring their own container and scissors.

If you are interested in this class, please let Rika know before the end of November!  Rika Saruwatari trained under Ms. Takako Yokoyama, and became a certified Shihan (teacher) in 2012.  Rika’s email address is:

Meditation and Reflection

Friday, November 18, 2022

An opportunity to gather together for meditation and reflection at the Temple in the Hondo (main hall) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Doors will open to the temple at 6:40 pm (20 minutes early) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, December 6
  • January – December 2023:  Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (except for August)

If you are looking for an opportunity to meditate during the week, please feel welcome to join our sessions.

Community Outreach

Sunday, October 23, 2022

In November, the Calgary Buddhist Temple Sangha Engagement will be giving back to the community which is an important way of showing you care! For more than 60 years, the Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) has been more than an emergency shelter. Rooted in community and fueled by kindness, the DI provide essential care as well as health services and housing support to adults experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. 

The Temple will be providing lunch service on two Sundays – Nov 13 & 20.  Ten volunteers will be required per lunch service and the minimum age is 16 years old. 

Sign up at

Calgary Drop-In Centre

DI Brief

Dogs and Frogs

Friday, September 16, 2022

The Calgary Buddhist Temple Sangha Engagement is proud to host this intriguing online presentation by retired Sensei James Martin on Sunday, Oct 23rd at 1pm mountain time.

Our current lifestyle provides us with one of the highest standards of living with few exceptions. We enjoy all the comforts, conveniences, leisure time and necessities of life in abundance. Yet many of us remain in the eternal loop of thinking more will be better.  With all the ‘progress’ humanity has made, have we may be forgot our ‘natural’ place in nature to our own detriment?  Could reconnecting with that world be a path for finding that sweet spot we seek?

Join James and the Sangha in exploring a Buddhist perspective of our connection to nature and the benefits of such a practice.  Everyone is welcome!