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Calgary Buddhist Temple
September 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wonder what a Buddhist temple would be like? We have all types of people. The tradition is Japanese, Jodo Shinshu. We have dharma school for the kids, meditation services, and Sunday services we sit in chairs and listen to a dharma talk.
Come for service at 10 am or drop in between 11:30 and 4 pm on Sunday we will do a little mini instruction tour in groups as people arrive including the history of the building and what services are like.
In 1981 the building was purchased from the Croatian Church, the steeple was removed, and it became the home for the Calgary Buddhist Temple; renovated to its current modern look in 2015. Before that, the building itself was home to a number of Catholic Churches before being bought by the Buddhist community. Built in 1912, it was originally in Tuxedo Park at 23 Ave and 1 St, which was the outskirts of town, with the expectation that city would grow to it. But a year later the economy crashed and it was left way out of town.
The first group to worship in the church was St. Stephens Ukrainian congregation. St. Josephs Roman Catholic congregation used the space as well until their structure was built a couple years later. During the first world war, the church was shut down for a period due to the discriminatory attitudes that existed against the Ukrainian population.
In 1926, with immigration having resumed and many of the Ukrainian population concentrating in the Bridgeland/Riverside area, the church was moved. In 1958 the congregation built their current location up on the hill in Bridgeland and sold this building to another Roman Catholic congregation, Our Lady Queen of Poland. When that group became too big for the building they sold it to a Croatian Church who worshiped there until 1981 when the Buddhist community bought it. Most of this information came from this audio recording – CBC.