Calgary Buddhist Temple Blog

Thank You for Your Support

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Dear sangha members and friends,

We had a busy fall with various fundraising events culminating in our Chow Mein Dinner and Bakesale on October 21. Thank you everyone for supporting the Temple through ticket purchase, baking, volunteering and organizing. It felt hectic at times but the rewards of a job well-done and seeing and working along-side members and friends makes it worthwhile every time!

We will take a break and enjoy the upcoming holiday season but please keep in mind that we will have similar events including the garage sale and Everything Japanese sale in 2024. We will gratefully accept any items you no longer want late in spring.

Enjoy your break from Signup Genius notices and see you next year!

With gratitude,

Mickey, on behalf of the Fundraising Committee


Bake Sale is coming up

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Our Temple Bake sale is on Saturday, Oct 21.  If you would like to contribute some home baked goods or snacks you can email Mickey at to let her know. We are also happy to receive last-minute goods on Saturday.

If you are looking for ideas, here are what other members are baking:

  • Packages of dozen cookies
  • Muffins, cupcakes
  • 8×8 pans of squares or bars
  • Loaves and Cakes
  • Pies and tarts
  • Mochi, manju
  • Bags of kaki mochi
  • Others of your choosing

*Please ensure the baking is peanut-free.

Drop off times:

  • Friday, October 20, 1– 5pm, or
  • Saturday, October 21, preferably before 2pm but after is ok.

Fall Meetings and Special Service on Oct 12

Monday, September 25, 2023

The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC) Board and the Ministers’ Association will be holding their interim fall meeting at the Calgary Temple, October 11, 12, and 13.  All the ministers in Canada will be attending, as well as special guests from Hongwanji in Japan and Jodo Shinshu International Office in Berkley, CA.  One of the guests from Japan is a chanting specialist as well as a musician, and he will be working with the ministers on chanting styles. 

On October 12 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, we will be holding a special service which is open to the public and we hope that you will attend. All the Canadian ministers and our special guests will be participating.

  • 7:00 -7:30 pm Meditation (Rev. Gubenco)  followed by Gagaku Music (Rev. Ouchi, Rev. Hirano, Rev. Nishioki)
  • 7:30-8:00 pm Dharma Session
  • 8:00 – 8:45pm “Shoya Raisan Ge” Chanting led by all the ministers.

This is a great opportunity to meet all our ministers and to listen to traditional Japanese music and chanting. 

In addition, the ministers will hold a morning service on Oct 11 and 12 at 9:30 am, and Oct 13 at 10:00 am.  Everyone is welcome to attend the morning services!

Mein (Noodle) Making

Tuesday, September 05, 2023

We are looking for volunteers to help make chow mein noodles!

  • Dough making – Friday, September 29, 6:30 pm at the Temple kitchen
  • Noodle Making – Sunday October 1, 8:30 am at the CJCA kitchen (2236 – 29 St SW)

Mein noodles are a key ingredient in the chow mein served at our special lunches and the annual Chow Mein and Rib Takeout dinner. Extra noodles are sold to the sangha and sell out quickly!

Sign up if you want to help with dough &/or mein making:


Thank you for your consideration!

On behalf of the CBT Fundraising Committee

Thanks to You

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

The Calgary Buddhist Temple once again had our famous “All Things Japanese” table at this year’s Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri held at the Max Bell Arena on August 12th.  We take the generous donation of items from our members and their families and find new, loving homes for these items.  In doing so, we raise a little money for the Temple and have a lot of fun doing it.

Thank you to those who donated their items and those who donated their time to work the table.  It is only through the dedication and hard work of our volunteers that the Temple remains strong and successful.

In gassho,

Dan McCormack, President, Calgary Buddhist Temple

Fundraising Photo