2022 President’s Message
Greetings from the Calgary Buddhist Temple
It is with great gratitude that I have been chosen to be the new President of the Calgary Buddhist Temple. The opportunity to serve the Sangha is one that I feel is very humbling and gratifying. Following in the footsteps of the years of tireless work of our Past President Lester Ikuta will be a challenge that I hope to fulfill to the best of my abilities.
I would like to thank Lester for his years of dedication and his agreement to stay on the Board to help us in this time of transition.
The Calgary Buddhist Church was incorporated in Alberta on 2nd of November 1971, though the Sangha had been meeting at various locations since 1956. We moved into our present location in 1984 and had a wonderful renovation completed in 2015 just in time to host 15th World Women’s Buddhist Convention. For the last two years we have had to adapt to Covid protocols and the “new normal”.
Over the years the one thing that we have experienced is change. The Sangha membership has changed over the years as we have become more diverse to reflect the growing city around us. The locations we meet and the buildings around us have changed. Ministers have come and gone and the services have changed. The one thing that is consistent is the love and inquisitiveness of the Sangha.
I invite anyone who is looking to learn the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) or who is looking for the fellowship of the Sangha (members) to come and visit our Temple and experience our hospitality for yourself.