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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



'Buddhism in The Bay' - BTSA Tour - June 2017

The most-recent information concerning BTSA's tour, ‘Buddhism in the Bay,’ lists the current estimated cost at $2,900 CND a person (single occupancy rates only), with a $200 deposit a person to register. As of mid-February, 15 persons have registered, and registration invitations have been extended to other temples. Final payment is still due April 21. Homebase/accommodations will be the Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley, CA. Please click on this link for detailed itinerary and related information. There are 16 spots for BTSA members and 9 for Calgary temple members. For further information or to register, contact Sylvia Oishi at sylvia.oishi@gmail.com or call 403-892-2318 (mobile).

April - Membership Drive

April is BTSA's membership drive, and we look forward to as many renewals and new memberships as possible. The annual rate for the year is $100 per member and cheques may be made out to BTSA. Many members have already renewed since the beginning of the year, and new members are always welcomed. Thanks to all those who have sent in their renewals.

Spring Chow Mein Supper - April 30

The BTSA's major fundraiser -- its twice-a-year chow mein supper -- is scheduled April 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are sold by members at $12 each. The drive-through supper requires hours of volunteer support and we look forward to a great turnout of our members to help out during the day. 

JSBTC Japan Youth Tour – Apply

The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada is sponsoring a youth tour of Japan for this summer and eligible Jodo Shinshu Buddhists between the ages of 15 and 25 are invited to apply. Please refer to the informative poster, the flyer, and application form. The tour is scheduled for July 10 to 23 and costs $2,000 (traveller’s insurance extra). Deadline for application is May 5. Photo at left is a shrine at the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto--the mother temple of which BTSA is a member.

“Caring for the Caregivers” - May 4

Dr. Roland Ikuta will be speaking about dementia, the burden of caregiving, and how healthcare professionals can support caregivers on May 4 at 7:00 p.m.. Dr. Ikuta is a geriatrician, a physician specializing in providing care for the elderly. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a specialty in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. This free event is part of the guest speaker night at BTSA and it is open to the public. Alzheimer Society representatives will also be present to talk about their role in supporting caregivers. 

Living Dharma Centre Virtual Book Club

The Living Dharma Centre started a Virtual Book Club last fall, inviting interested participants to read a specific book chosen every three months and sign up for email participation and discussion. The next book featured in the book club is "Man's Search for Meaning" by Victor Frankl. Click here for more details.

Gotanye - Shinran's Birthday - May 21

The regular Sunday service on May 21 will coincide with the commemoration of Shinran Shonin's birthday, known in Japanese as Gotanye. Shinran is considered the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, of which BTSA is an affiliate. He was born on May 21, 1173, at Hokai-ji Temple in Kyoto, at the close of the Heian period and lived during the Kamakura period. The carving pictured to the left is by Takayuki Zoshi of Sebastapol, CA.