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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



Living Dharma Centre Virtual Book/Study Club

The Living Dharma Centre is starting a Virtual Book Club this fall, inviting interested participants to read a specific book chosen every three months and sign up for email participation and discussion. The selected book for the first session is "Call of the Infinite" by John Paraskevopoulos. Click here for more details.

Food Bank Donations through February 2017

BTSA's annual food donation begins this month and runs through mid-February. The need is always great, and all donations are welcome. The donation box will be in the multipurpose room at the temple, beginning mid-November. As in past years, the estimated value of the donated goods will be matched by a cheque from the BTSA. Last year, about $400 worth of goods were donated; that was matched by a cheque for $400 to the Lethbridge Food Bank.

Old Hondo Chairs for Sale

Most of the old hondo chairs, replaced by the shipment of the new ones described above, are available for sale at $10 each or 12 for $100, with priority given to temple members through January. Thereafter, any unsold chairs will be up for general sale. The temple will retain about 75 chairs. Anyone interested in purchasing chairs, please check with Akira or Roland.

'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. Registration deadline is January 31, 2017, with final payment due April 21. Home base/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).

New Hondo Chairs in Place

About 15 volunteers helped unload, unpack, ferry, and assemble 154 new hondo chairs delivered in the sub-zero morning of December 16. Thanks to all who helped at this work party to upgrade the hondo seating that no longer requires extra cushions (zabuton). Befittingly, the new chairs will get their first official use during the New Year's Day, 2017, regular Sunday service. Those interested in purchasing old chairs, please check the news item below.

Supper & Movie Night - January 21

The animated movie Kubo and the Two Strings on January 21, is a highly-rated family show for the next Movie Night. We can all try out the new chairs in our hondo to see if they are more comfortable then the old ones. It will be preceded with a supper of chili and we will be serving honey made by our temple member Barb Ceron, along with biscuits. The supper will be at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will be shown at 7:00 p.m.. See a description of the movie in the January Hikari.