Alberta Buddhist Conference 2010
Southern Alberta Buddhist Choir performs
Engaged Buddhism was the
theme of the 2010 Alberta Buddhist Conference. A
theme that continued into the weekend, as Sensei
James Martin and the Calgary Buddhist Temple hosted
the 32nd edition of this annual event.
The volunteer committee coordinated the conference to coincide with the Calgary Buddhist Film Series and the Alberta District's 750th Shinran Shonin Memorial Commemoration on October 29-31, 2010.
The gathering attracted over one-thousand people, including thirty delegates from Lethbridge. Ten people participated in the Sarana Affirmation Ceremony led by Socho Orai Fujikawa of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada.
Guests included Dr. Leslie Kawamura of the University of Calgary and Living Dharma Centre, and Sensei Susumu Ikuta (ret.).
The program opened with a discussion on theme of "Engaged Buddhism" led by Sensei Fredrich Ulrich of the Manitoba Buddhist Temple. Other speakers included Sensei Yasuo Izumi of the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, Rod Burylo, of the Calgary Buddhist Temple, and Tracey Pickup of Thich Nhat Hanh's 'Order of Inter-being'. Mr. Burylo, an internationally known speaker, delivered an interactive session on Ethical Investing, while Ms. Pickup continued on the conference topic of Engaged Buddhism.
Sensei Fredrich Ulrich of Winnipeg opened the conference.
Guest speaker Rod Burylo of Calgary
The Southern Alberta
Buddhist Choir performed at the Saturday evening
banquet and again for the Sunday service. One of
their songs was "May Peace Prevail" with words
written by Mrs. Carrie Kawamoto of Mililani
Hongwanji. The composition was chosen as the winning
entry in the Shinran Shonin's 750th Memorial Gatha
Lyrics Contest. The words reflect an affirmation of
peace in everyday life, and were set to music by
Professor Takeo Kudo of the University of Hawaii
Music Department. The inspirational lyrics were
included in a commemorative booklet, edited by Susan
Huntley and was given to all attendees as a keepsake
of the occasion.
Attending Ministers from across Canada
Thanks to the organizing committee and all the volunteers
Ken Madden summarized, "The success is measured in
the weekend's support of our vision: 'To set in
motion a way of living, learning and teaching a life
of joy and gratitude through Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.'
In reflection of this Vision, I believe that we 'cast
seeds of dharma' to even more people than ever
The Calgary Buddhist Temple would like to thank the Calgary Public Library for their generous support of the Buddhist Film Series. They also realize that this event is not possible without the help of all the volunteers who gave their time and skills.
Photos courtesy of L. Tsukishima