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



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.

Bon Odori Practice runs through July 10

Come out and learn new dances for this year's bon odori. Practices run at the Bon Odori practice at the temple from May 15 through July 10 at 6:30 p.m.. The month of May will mainly involve learning the dance, "Wonderful Canada", for the 50th anniversary of the Nikka Yuko Garden. Please click here to see the full poster describing the schedule for dance practice.

Ikebana at the Temple - June to August

Summer ikebana classes are scheduled weekly, beginning June 10 through August 26 at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The class is open to everyone. Call Lilly Oishi to register for the class at 403-328-2159 or email her at lilly.oishi@gmail.com. A donation of $15 to the temple is requested. Please bring your own ikebana equipment. There will not be a class on July 1 and 15.

Vancouver Island Obon Tour - August 11-13

The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada has chartered a bus for a three-day cemetery tour of Vancouver Island on August 11 to 13 and is inviting interested persons to join during the Obon season to visit some historic sites. Cost of the trip is $375, based on double occupancy. Please click here to apply and to see the details on the tour poster. Trip sponsors and supporters include BCJSBTF, Steveston Buddhist Temple Fujinkai, BCJSBTFWF, Cumberland Township, Sands Funeral Home in Nanaimo, Comox Valley Nikkei Association, and Victoria Nikkei Community Society.

Obon Schedule - July

Obon season in July will have Izumi Sensei travelling to area cemeteries. Please see the schedule for your area:
Sunday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. Brooks Cemetery visitation   
                                                           (Obon Service at Heritage Inn)
Sunday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. Magrath Cemetery visit       
                          11:00 a.m. Temple Hill visitation
                          1:30 p.m.   Taber Cem. visitation (NEW)
Saturday, July 15, 6:00 p.m. Bon Odori at Nikka Yuko
                                              Garden (this year only)
Sunday, July 16, 1:00 p.m.   Mt. View Cemetery
                            2:30 p.m.   BTSA Obon Service &
                                              Shotsuki Memorial at the
                                              Temple (July & August)

Camp Lumbini Invitation - July/August

The Toronto Buddhist Temple has invited all Canadian kyodan temples -- including the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta -- to its annual Camp Lumbini retreat from July 30 to August 5 for youth aged 8 to 15. The camp, maintained by the Toronto temple since 1964, is at Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) about two hours from Toronto. Interested youth must register by July 15. Please view the pertinent forms: Registration form; Participation Agreement form; Medical form; Transportation form. [Photo is from the 2016 camp]