Manitoba Buddhist Temple


1000 Cranes Project

An ancient Japanese legend promises that if anyone folds a thousand paper cranes they will be granted a wish by the gods. And as a symbol of hope, the Manitoba Buddhist Temple is asking for your help to make 1000 origami cranes - wishing for peace, understanding, and support for all those suffering from racism and other forms of discrimination.

The Japanese name for the origami crane is called “Orizuru” which means “Folded crane.” In Japan the crane is said to live for 1,000 years which is why one must fold 1,000 of them. The origami crane’s popularity is largely due to a children’s book written by Canadian author, Eleanor Coerr called “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.”

The story follows a Japanese girl name Sadako who was 2 years old when the United States bombed Japan at the end of World War II. Due to the fall-out from the bombs, Sadako developed leukaemia. In the hospital, she spent her time folding origami cranes hoping to make 1,000 of them.

According to Sadako’s family she managed to fold approximately 1,400 paper cranes before dying on the morning of October 25, 1955. Many of these cranes have been donated to places such as the 9-11 memorial in New York City, Pearl Harbour, the Museum of Tolerance and more places as a symbol of peace.

Folding a crane is actually not too difficult. All you need is a single square sheet of paper.

Once completed, the cranes will be put on display at locations throughout the city of Winnipeg.

For more information, contact Sensei Tanis Moore of the Manitoba Buddhist Temple.


Sensei Ulrich receives Lieutenant Governor Award

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Sensei Ulrich with Lt. Governor, Janice Filmon

Former Manitoba Buddhist Temple minister, Sensei Fredrich Ulrich received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding at a ceremony at Government House on January 8th.

A tree known as the Regal Celebration Maple will be planted in honour of Sensei
Fred along with him receiving a certificate to recognize his contributions to the
interfaith community.

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The annual award honours a Manitoban who has contributed to the community and brought people together to understand each other. Previous winners include Michel Aziza for his work with Operation Ezra, interfaith educators and artists Manju Lodha and Ray Dirks, Rabbi Neal Rose and Carol Rose, former Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis and columnist Karen Toole.

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The Manitoba Buddhist Temple and its congregation are very proud that Sensei Fred was recognized for his long involvement in interfaith activity in Winnipeg and his previous hometown of Edmonton, including participating in the Interfaith Round Table and the Manitoba Multifaith Council.

Congratulations Sensei Fred! It is a well-deserved honour.