Canada to Host the 15th World Buddhist Women's Convention (WBWC)
In 2015, the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada Women's Federation (JSBTCWF) will host the 15th World Buddhist Women's Convention (WBWC) in CANADA!
Press Release: Calgary to Host 2015 World Buddhist Women’s Convention
Website for the WBWC
Prior to the 15th World Buddhist Women’s Convention (WBWC) in Calgary, a World Buddhist Women’s (WBW) Representative Assembly Meeting was held on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Select international and Hongwanji representatives attended and had an opportunity to see the beautiful city of Calgary. After the meeting, the group had a chance to tour the venue for the 2015 WBWC, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, enjoyed an informative tour of the Glenbow Museum (compliments of Meetings and Conventions Calgary), and were treated to an authentic Stampede dinner hosted by the Calgary Buddhist Temple.
On Sunday, June 2, the group went on a Rocky Mountain tour to Banff and Lake Louise which was hosted by the convention travel partners, JTB, and Kintetsu Travel. Capping off the day was supper at the top of the Calgary Tower at SKY 360.
The dignitaries staying at the beautiful Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, and they left with many great memories and new friendships. We look forward to welcoming them again in 2015!
Thank you for the kindness and generosity of everyone involved! Namu Amida Butsu
(pictures to be posted soon)
Shop & Support Fundraiser for WBWC
A successful fundraiser for the 2015 World Buddhist Women’s Convention was the sale of Shop & Support gift cards where a percentage from each card sold went to the convention.
This activity was a team effort by Temples across Canada which completed at the end of 2012 with over $13,500 raised over a four year period.
Thank you for everyone's support!
2011 World Buddhist Women’s Convention (WBWC) in Kyoto, Japan
There were 22 ladies and 4 men from Canada who attended the World Buddhist Women’s Convention (WBWC) in Kyoto on May 16 & 17, 2011. There were around 4,000 people in attendance that came from the United States (mainland), Hawaii, Brazil, Canada, and of course, Japan (who made up the majority).
May 16th from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm: Spent the day at the Kyoto Pulse Plaza (Kyoto’s Convention Center) for the events day of the WBWC. Various workshops and activities such as kimono wearing, calligraphy writing, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, scented sachet making, magic shows, and a marching band took place between 1-5:00 pm. A very simple boxed bento was provided for dinner followed by entertainment of Odori dancing by an all male dance troupe and performances by the various districts represented. The Canadian delegation sang two songs: “Namu Amida Butsu” and “I Believe” (the theme song from the Vancouver Winter Olympics).
May 17th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm: The Official Day for the WBW Convention. In the morning, there was an opening service followed by keynote addresses by Monshu Ohtani Koshin and Lady Ohtani Noriko. After the service, speakers followed and included our own Kaz Kobayashi of the Kamloops Buddhist Temple.
In the afternoon, a report was made on the WBW Delegates’ Meeting held on the 15th and this was followed by the closing ceremonies. As part of this ceremony, a video presentation done by Fujii Sensei and Toronto was shown to promote the 2015 Convention followed by a brief speech by Grant Ikuta Socho. The WBW Association Flag was then passed from the Japan Chapter President to the representative for Canada to much waving and cheering.
And so, a very successful 14th WBWC closed with final remarks of appreciation for everyone’s participation and a safe journey home.
There's also a video available online to watch of the 14th WBWC convention; here's the steps:
750th Shinran Shonin Memorial
On May 15, 2011, 46 Canadians, including 5 from the Calgary Buddhist Temple, traveled to the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (our mother temple) to attend Shinran Shonin’s 750th Memorial. Nine individuals represented Canada in the Engi (parade) prior to the service. It was a magnificent service to commemorate this auspicious occasion and those in attendance felt honored to be there.
Japan in 2011
The 14th World Buddhist Women’s Convention was held in Kyoto, Japan in conjunction with the 750th Memorial for Shinran Shonin. First deadline for Application is November 10, 2010; Second deadline for Application is February 11, 2011.
The Convention was open to men and women, and brings together members from Japan, United States, Hawaii, Sao Paulo, and Canada. For travel question, please contact our travel agency, Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc., toll free at 1-800-463-7723. There's also a special website that has been created for this trip - www.kiecan.com/toronto/750.
Calgary Buddhist Temple