Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta

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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



Opiod Assessment - Mar 20th

Dr. Arlene Oishi will present a public talk entitled
“Opioid Addictions”
Mar. 20 at 7 p.m. at the temple, with discussion and refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome to attend. Dr. Oishi has been the Medical Director of Addiction and Mental Health for the Alberta South Zone..

Notice of Annual General meeting - March 3rd

This notice is about the upcoming AGM for the BTSA on March 3rd after the monthly memorial service. This is the official notification of the meeting which by the BTSA bylaws requires 30 days notice. This AGM will have a presentation by Kevin Sassa who is the new financial advisor for the BTSA at BMO. He will be making a brief review of the investment strategies. Also we will be deciding about the membership due fees for 2020 and discussing the future running of the Toban’s and participation in the WWF of JSBTC.

JSTBC Newsletter - January 2019

Welcome to the first issue of the JSBTC newsletter. We hope that this newsletter will be a voice for Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada, keeping you up-to-date on what the JSBTC is doing, sharing information about the JSBTC and the Temples in Canada, and connecting us all. We are planning to send out three issues each year, in January, May and September/October.

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Eshinni & Kakushinni Day – Mar. 10

The BTSA commemorates the lives of Shinran’s wife and daughter—Eshinni and Kakushinni—during the regular Sunday service Mar. 10. Their status in Jodo Shinshu is reviewed in the March Hikari which may be accessed by clicking on the latest issue in the left-hand column.

Mein-Making – Mar. 16
Mein-making is on the temple agenda for Mar. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. All members and friends are welcome to lend a hand in this key temple project, leading up to the chow mein supper later in the spring. We look forward to a great turnout and a chance for all to socialize while producing the all-important mein noodles.

Spring O-Higan – Mar. 17

The spring equinox is the setting for o-higan, which will be observed at the regular Sunday service on Mar. 17. Higan services are held in the spring and autumn when day and night are about equal in length and draw attention to the “other shore”, which is its literal meaning, that is the Buddha-land of purity and tranquility.

Hanamatsuri – Apr. 14

Candice Shibata sensei, minister at the Buddhist Temple of Florin, CA., is the guest minister for BTSA’s Hanamatsuri Apr. 14 at 2 p.m.
Shibata sensei also will speak on "Attachment, Love & Loss: A Shin Perspective on Grief" in the BTSA’s guest speaker series Apr. 13 at 1 p.m.
This event is free of charge and open to the public, discussion & refreshments to follow. Plan on attending both events, Hanamatsuri (Festival of Flowers) being our annual celebration of the birth of the historic Buddha.