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Sunday Dharma Service: 10:30 a.m.

Monthly Memorial Service: First Sunday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
(except second Sunday in September; and January (with Ho-onko), April (with Hanamatsuri) and July/August combined (with Obon), starting in the afternoon)

Location:  470 - 40th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta  T1J 3Z5
Telephone:  403-327-1260
Email:  board@thebtsa.com
Izumi Sensei’s Cell:  403-382-7024

Event Calendar



2016 Monshu Accession Japan Tour - October

The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada is sponsoring a 14-day tour of Japan in connection with a series of special Accession Ceremonies for Sennyo Monshu (Monshu Kojun Ohtani). The tour begins Oct. 10, and concludes with the special services, including one of Oct. 21 especially for the Overseas Districts. Interested persons are asked to contact Rev. Grant Ikuta, resident minister of the Steveston Buddhist Temple, at 4360 Garry St., Richmond, B.C., V7E 2V2. Ikuta sensei adds that if there are those who wish to join the tour for the accession ceremony in Kyoto and forego the full trip, this can be arranged. The tour is limited to 30 persons. Please click on the following links for poster and tour details.

Ikebana Class - June 4 through August 27

Ikebana (Japanese-style flower arranging) Class will be held on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. from June 4 through August 27 at the temple (no class July 16). Donation to the BTSA is $15. Please bring your own equipment and see the poster for more details on how to sign up for the class. Everyone is welcome!

Summer Break - July/August

Regular Sunday services are suspended after July 17, the day for Obon service, through August. Izumi sensei will be available to members requiring his assistance and the temple will continue to be open for funerals, memorials and related activities. Regular services resume on September 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Please have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Calgary Temple Visit - August 28

The Calgary Buddhist Temple has invited BTSA members to its annual Obon service on August 28.    Members interested in attending may sign-up for transportation estimated at $30 return. Sign-up sheets are available in the foyer of the temple. The plan is to leave about 10:00 a.m. on the appointed Sunday for an afternoon service and return about 9:00 p.m. to BTSA.

Wellness Day - September 10

The second "Genki Desu-ka" (Wellness) Day is scheduled for September 10, from about 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the temple. The last one was held in September 2014.

Plans are to have sessions of Qi Gong, meditation and yoga, taking blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and blood sugar measurements, eating healthy snacks, massage therapy, and reflexology. A sign-up sheet will be available at the temple to insure orderly shifts from place to place after 30-minute sessions. Alternatively, interested persons may email Roland at rolikuta@shaw.ca to sign up.

BC Location Nomination Request

BTSA members with family roots in pre-war British Columbia are being asked to nominate provincial locations that have special meaning for them in connection with a project sponsored by Heritage BC.  Called the Japanese Canadian Historic Places in BC, the deadline for nominations is Sept. 9 but may be extended. Please read the related information sent by Lori North, a member of the Vancouver Buddhist Temple and an active participant in JCCA. The accompanying photo is of Tashme, an internment centre that was built near Hope, BC.