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. 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

The temple will remain open to in-person attendance as long as it is safe to do so and we continue to seek guidance from Alberta Health updates.

Live-streaming from our Facebook group, Calgary Buddhist Temple, will continue to be an option – both starting 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:

Study Sessions Continue

Friday, May 13, 2022

This Saturday, May 14th we have another study session at the temple – we will meet downstairs 

The sessions will begin at 10:30 am and will end at 12:00 pm

  • 10:30 – 20 minute meditation
  • 10:50 – 10 minute chanting
  • 11:00 – Study session
  • 11:55 – End

We will cover chapter 3 from the book, “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” by Thich Nhat Hanh

I have here the chapter (pdf) for your reference.  You will also find the Metta Meditation and Juseige for chanting.

I will be opening the doors to the temple  at 10:15 am to allow for in-person attendance and we will also have Zoom available to join the study session.

Please be aware that if the meditation has started and you have not entered Zoom, I will NOT be letting people into the Zoom until after the 20 minute meditation has completed. I will continue to monitor the Zoom to let people in after the mediation. Thank you for your understanding.

Please click on the link below to join the Zoom session on Saturday.

Enjoy the day!

With palms together,

Robert Gubenco



Calgary Buddhist Temple is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Awakening to the Climate Crisis

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Sunday, June 5th, 2022 @ 1pm Mountain

The Calgary Buddhist Temple Sangha Engagement is honored to host an encore online presentation with Ray Nakano who will talk about what he has learned as a climate activist, and what you can do about the greatest crisis of our time.  Register to attend an important, thought-provoking conversation about our Climate Crisis and what we can do about it as Buddhists.  Register on EventBrite:


Hanamatsuri & AGM

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Please join us in-person or online Sunday, April 10 for the Hanamatsuri service celebrating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who became Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha.

Prior to the Sunday morning service the temple is open to sit in quiet meditation for 30 minutes . The meditation will be from 9:00 to 9:30 am every Sunday morning.

The Sunday service will start at 10:00 am (MST) and will also be streaming using Facebook Live from the group, Calgary Buddhist Temple.  Here is the link Calgary Buddhist Temple Group on Facebook

We’d also like to invite you to join our Annual General Meeting after the service on, April 10, 2022 at 11:10 am

This year we will be holding the meeting in-person as well as online with Zoom.  Please click on the link below to join the meeting by Zoom.

Topic: Calgary Buddhist Temple – AGM
Time: Apr 10, 2022 11:10 AM Edmonton

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Our Gratitude to Breath

Friday, April 01, 2022

Sunday, May 15th, 2022 @ 1pm MDT – Presenter:  Sensei Tanis Moore

Join the Sangha for this 90 minute online workshop with Sensei Tanis Moore of the Manitoba Buddhist Temple.  Breath: Our connection to life – Breathing in, breathing out, this repeated about 25,000 times per day, and yet we most often take it for granted.  It’s only when an illness causes us to realize the preciousness of breath, that we realize this connection to all living beings.  Every breath we take has been shared with other people, animals, and birds and trees.  Our gratitude to breath.  

We will discuss the anatomy of breathing, do some breathing exercises and become aware of the movement of breath through our bodies, and how it can bring awareness, relaxation and healing to various parts of our bodies.


Study Sessions Begin

Friday, March 25, 2022

Beginning in April, please join us on Saturday, April 9th and 30th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, for a 90 minute session:

  • 20 minute Meditation
  • 10 minute Chanting
  • 55 minutes for Buddhist discussion

We will start with a discussion on the book “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” by Thich Nhat Hanh beginning with the reading from part one of the book.  It would be helpful to become familiar with the reading before the discussion but not necessary.

Hongwanji Statement

Friday, March 25, 2022

Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

On February 24, 2022, Russia aggressively began its invasion of Ukraine through military force.

It has been reported that in cities across Ukraine, many civilians including children have become victims in addition to the well over one million Ukrainian citizens forced to flee becoming refugees.

We, the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Buddhist organization, strongly condemn taking human life lightly as well as using military force to unilaterally try to change reality through violent actions for no matter what reason.

In addition to the invasion of Ukraine, the reality is that terrorist attacks and military warfare continue across the world. Reiterating our stance against violence, it is our fervent hope that a peaceful resolution may be realized as soon as possible and that there be a safe return to peace for the people of Ukraine.

Overcoming conflict that arises through mutual exclusion and differences in thinking and values, I firmly believe that through joint efforts, the path to perpetual peace will open up to a life of spiritual richness.

March 8, 2022

Governor General
Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha

Japanese Statement