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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 Club

The Living Dharma Centre started a Virtual Book Club, inviting interested participants to read a specific book chosen every three months and sign up for email participation and discussion. The Book Club is now reading Dharma Breeze - Essays on Shin Buddhism by Dr. Nobuo Haneda. A Japanese-born Buddhist scholar, translator, and teacher, Dr. Haneda is the Director of the Maida Institute for Buddhism in Berkeley, California and comes from the teaching line of Kiyozawa-Akagerasu-Maida-Haneda. Click here for more details.

Aoki Sensei's Office of the Bishop Report

Please look over the latest update from the Office of the Bishop that is available in English and Japanese. The two versions of the document are also available under "Bishop's Update" link found in the menu bar above. Sensei reports on his activities as JSBTC Bishop, including his recent visit to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta at the beginning of March.

New and Gently Used Sale - June 2

The Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta is having a New and Gently Used sale on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

Prior to the event, please consider donating new and gently used items (particularly Japanese items), as well as your time in preparation for the event. To get involved, contact Brenda Ikuta at 403.317.0078 or by email.

Fun Painting Event - June 9

Get creative and have a great time with friends on Saturday, June 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.. All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served ($45 per person). An instructor will be on hand to make it easy and fun to create a painting. Open to Temple members and the public (minimum 10 years of age). Registration required by May 1 (text or call Sylvia Oishi at 403.892.2318 or email). See the poster here.

Bon Odori Practice - June 4

Practice sessions for this year's Bon Odori on July 14 begins Monday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, and thereafter on every Monday through July 9.  Come out and learn the steps so you'll be ready to jump in and dance during the mid-summer festival at the Galt Gardens.

Ikebana Class - June 16

Flower arrangement classes will be held beginning June 16 at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta under the supervision of Lilly Oishi.  Anyone interested should contact Lilly to attend.  Classes are held Saturdays at the temple from 10:30 a.m.  Lilly can be reached at 403-327-2159 or by email.

BTSA Picnic - June 17

John Martin Recreation Area in Pavan Park is the site for this year's Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta picnic on Sunday, June 17.  Hope for a fine day to spend Sunday service on that day at the park, followed by family fun for all.  The pot-luck event usually draws a great crowd.  A service will be held at the usual time of 10:30 a.m.  Plan on spending a few hours relaxing with friends and enjoying the outdoors.

2018 Obon Season Schedule