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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.

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.

Mein Making - September 24

Mein-making at the temple has been scheduled for Saturday, September 24 in preparation for the annual fall chow mein supper that is set for Sunday, October 16. All members who can help out are asked to assist on that day, beginning at 8:00 a.m.. Thanks to all -- more hands, lighter the load. 

Fall Ohigan Service - September 25

BTSA will observe the autumn Ohigan at the September 25 Sunday service. Coming as it does about the time of the fall equinox, Ohigan is a commemoration that the Nishi Hongwanji website describes as "expressing of our gratitude to Amida Buddha for awakening us to Boundless Compassion and Wisdom." Please join us for this important Jodo Shinshu service.

New Temple Sign

Our members may have noticed that a new temple sign has been erected on the boulevard. The new sign, designed and installed by Friesen Plastics, Inc., is double-sided with a back light to glow at night. Note the wisteria emblem at the top of the frame.

Fall Chow Mein Supper - Oct. 16

BTSA's fall chow mein supper is on October 16, a Sunday when regular service is suspended. The drive-through event is scheduled from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Cost of a dinner is $12. Tickets have been distributed and are available from members.

JSBTC Day - October 9

JSBTC Day will be observed on October 9 with the regular Sunday service to commemorate the founding of the organization 111 years ago. In conjunction with the observance, BTSA will be soliciting donations for the JSBTC throughout the month of October and November. Please click on the messages and appeals from Socho Tatsuya Aoki (English & Japanese) and President Dave Ohori to help maintain the high standards set by JSBTC for the continued propagation of Jodo Shinshu in Canada.

Movie night at the Temple - Oct. 22

The next movie night on Saturday, October 22 features "American Pastime" and "The Sleeping Tigers," films about baseball in a U.S. concentration camp for Japanese-Americans and a National Film Board documentary about a Vancouver Japanese-Canadian team about the time of the outbreak of WWII. There will be a supper of hot dogs and baked beans with beer (root-beer) for the children. Supper will be at 6:00 p.m., with the movie running from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and the documentary to run 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. Persons interested in the supper portion are asked to call or send an email to Roland Ikuta (403-317-0078 or rolikuta@shaw.ca).

Calligraphy classes - Three Sessions

Izumi Sensei will be conducting Calligraphy classes on October 22, 29 and November 5 at the temple. The classes will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Materials needed for the classes will be supplied. There is no cost for the classes. There will be a maximum enrollment of 10 people and it is necessary to register ahead of time. If you are interested please notify Sensei or Roland Ikuta (403-317-0078).

Supper Preparation - Oct. 15

The call is out for all "helping hands" on October 15 in preparing ingredients for the fall chow mein supper on the following day, October 16 (see next note). Please turn out at 8:00 a.m. to assist wherever you might be needed. Also, bring knives and cutting boards to supplement those already at the temple. Make it a social event to help the time go by quickly.