Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Hanamatsuri – Sunday, April 7

Monday, March 11, 2024

According to our tradition, the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni, was born in Lumbini Garden in Nepal on April 8, 566 B.C. He was born the son of King Suddohana and Queen Maya. There are many flowery descriptions of the scene at his birth, including celestial birds singing beautiful songs, beautiful flowers, and a sweet gentle rain bathing the baby Buddha.  We will recognize Hanamatsuri on Sunday, April 7 along with our monthly Shotsuki/memorial service for those who passed in the month of April.  Everyone is welcome.

There will be a meal after service in celebration of Buddha’s birth and the Hanamatsuri toban group would like to invite you to contribute by volunteering to bring something – please visit SIGNUP.

Sunday Services In-Person and Online

Monday, March 11, 2024

It is our pleasure to offer Sunday Services in-person and via live-streaming – both start at 10:00am (MST). We look forward to you joining us, and everyone is welcome! 

Online live-streaming is from our Facebook group Calgary Buddhist Temple, and the relevant sections from our service book can be found here approximately one day prior:

2024 Annual General Meeting

Friday, March 08, 2024

Our annual general meeting will be held on April 14, 2024 shortly after service (11:15 -11:30AM).

We will go over the temple finances, talk about events/highlight of the past year, discuss and vote
on key issues and elect a new board of directors. We expect it to run for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Attending the AGM is a good way to become more familiar with how the temple is run and to ask any questions or voice concerns. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a board member, please contact Dan at

JC Survivors Health & Wellness

Friday, February 23, 2024

The launch of the Japanese Canadian Survivors Health & Wellness Grants opened on February 1, 2024. Please refer to the posters to see if you are eligible.  On Sunday, Mar 17 between 11:30am and 1:30pm,  Outreach Workers will be in attendance to complete ID validation for all applications submitted online.  Please bring appropriate ID and something with you current address for validation purposes.

RSVP to if attending.


Temple Book Club

Monday, January 29, 2024

The book club will meet every two weeks on Thursday starting on February 29th and ending on May 23rd from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. We will be starting the book club by gathering to discuss Dr. Jeff Wilson’s recent book: “Living Nembutsu, Applying Shinran’s Radically Engaged Buddhism in life and Society”.

The 157-page book is regarded as a sourcebook for Jodo Shinshu Buddhists looking to apply Pure Land perspectives to the problems, we face in the world today from an exploration on the life and teachings of Shinran Shonin.

The book club will be held at the Calgary Buddhist Temple and will accommodate both in-person and online participation.  Register in advance if participating online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.

Following our completion of reading and discussing the book, we have invited the author, Dr. Jeff Wilson, to visit the Calgary Buddhist Temple on Saturday, May 25th in order to have a final discussion regarding the book’s central focus. This final discussion will also be held in-person and online.

The Calgary Buddhist Temple currently has 35 copies of the book for sale at a price of $15.00. Please contact Robert Sensei at if you would like to purchase the book from the temple. The book can also be purchased directly from and


STUDY QUESTIONS for Feb 29, 2024:

Introduction Rooted in the Buddha-Ground

  1. Have you ever wondered whether Pure Land Buddhism is relevant to contemporary problems?
  2. Why did Dr. Wilson write this book?
  3. The introduction provides brief explanations of Shinran Shonin, Jodo Shinshu, Namo Amida Butsu, nembutsu, and Pure Land. How familiar were you with these aspects of Buddhism?

From Mountaineer to Stroke Survivor

Thursday, January 18, 2024

On Sunday, March 24, join us for tea after service and meet the resilient author of “From Mountaineer to Stroke Survivor”, Remy Bernier. Remy started a new life in 2006 due to a stroke. Prior to his accident, he was thriving as an aspiring mountain guide. Now, the right hemisphere of Remy’s body is paralyzed, and his coordination, speech and vision have been affected. Remy has been attending the Calgary Buddhist Temple for several years and we are fortunate that he is an active member of our Sangha. He continues to raise the bar in everything he does, and he is an inspiration to the world.

This is an opportunity to learn about and from his experiences.  “Is suffering a severe stroke the end of the world, or the beginning of a different kind of life?”