Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog


Tuesday, April 11, 2023

The Calgary Buddhist Temple will be holding the annual Hanamatsuri Service on Sunday, April 16 – Hanamatsuri is in recognition of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha). The service starts at 10:00 am with lunch to follow. Everyone is welcome to join in the chow mein, rice and beverages will be made at the temple and it’s always nice to have contributions brought from our generous sangha as well. 

Please sign up to bring your contribution for the lunch.

Thank you!

Sunday Services – In-Person & Online

Friday, March 10, 2023

We are pleased to be able to provide a hybrid service with in-person and online live-streaming available. Both start at 10:00am (MST) with EVERYONE welcome however, please do NOT attend in-person if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms. 

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:

“Stamp” out Waste

Sunday, February 19, 2023

with the JSBTC WF (Women’s Federation). Save the Children-Canada collects used postage stamps for resale to dealers and collectors. Money raised by this method of fundraising is used to help provide a better life and a brighter future for children around the world and in Canada.

The JSBTC Women’s Federation takes ALL stamps, foreign and Canadian.  Please remember to put your stamps in the container at the entrance to the Temple by April 9th as they will be taken to the next WF Annual Meeting in Steveston for national consolidation.

These stamps are sold to stamp collectors by the stamp store so the condition of the stamps is important!Acceptable and not acceptable stamps

  • Please cut with scissors (do not tear!!) and leave a 1/3 to 1/2 inch border around the stamp.
  • Stamps with postmarks showing the location and date are worth more so please cut around the postmark. Leave multiple stamps together.
  • If you have a postcard with the postmark showing the date and location, please turn in the whole postcard – do not cut it.
  • If it does not show the town or city, just trim around the stamp with border as above.
  • Stamps without enough border trim and machine generated business postage are not usable.


Thank you!



Sunday, February 19, 2023

On Sunday, Mar 26, this is the special day held annually when all donations made on this particular day will go to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC) Women’s Federation (WF) Dana Day. These donations are consolidated with Temples across Canada and are directed specifically to national organization(s) promoting social welfare. 

For the past three years, due to COVID, the Calgary WF Dana Day donations went to support local organizations such as Rocky Mountain Adaptive and the Canadian Mental Health Association but things are slowly returning to normal.

When sending an eTransfer, it can be made to and it is important to include in the ‘Message:’ field: “2023 WF Dana Day”.

Cash or cheques can be made out to the Calgary Buddhist Temple and left in the temple donation box with clear identification that it is a “2023 WF Dana donation”. 

“Dana” is giving without thought of receiving something in return. The JSBTC Women’s Federation sincerely thank everyone who think of the challenges of others before themselves.

Spring Ikebana Class

Friday, February 03, 2023

April 23, May 7, 28, June 11 & 25 from 1:30-4:30pm – 5 Sunday classes held at the Temple.  The classes are a series and the cost is $225 total including material and instruction for Temple members or $250 for non-members.  No refunds for missed classes.

Students must supply their own containers (please ask Rika for a suitable size and shape), scissors and kenzan (frog). Contact Rika if you need help selecting your items but these are not supplied as part of the lesson.

Rika Saruwatari trained under Ms. Takako Yokoyama, and became a certified Shihan (teacher) in 2012. 

Rika’s email address is:

Upcoming Sarana Affirmation Ceremony

Thursday, January 26, 2023

This ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 2023 so if you would like to commit to a Buddhist way of life by participating in an Affirmation Ceremony, please complete the Sarana Affirmation Ceremony Application and email it to before Sunday, March 19, 2023.

For more detailed information regarding the Affirmation Ceremony, please refer to: