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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 books featured in the book club are “Sermons of a Buddhist Abbot" by Soyen Shaku and "Birds Art Life" by Kyo Maclear. Click here for more details.

Mein-Making - September 23

A session to make chow mein noodles has been scheduled for September 23, preparatory to the temple fall chow mein supper on October 15. As in past sessions, everyone able to assist is asked to turn out for this key event. Mary Shigehiro and Emily Stitt have agreed to coordinate, with Jan Okamura assisting.  Come out, join the dusty merry-making and interact with all your friends. Looking forward to a great get-together.

Autumn Higan - September 24

The fall equinox is rapidly approaching and Jodo Shinshuists commemorate the autumn higan with the regular Sunday service for September 24. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, with this temporal equanimity suggesting personal equanimity and an attitude of gratefulness. The temple formally observes higan twice each year, once during the spring equinox and in the fall.  

Fall Chow Mein Prep & Supper - Oct. 14 & 15

The 2017 fall chow mein supper is set for Sunday, October 15 at 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and as usual will be a drive-through takeout affair. Temple members and friends are asked to turn out in numbers, first, to help on Saturday, October 14 in preparation for the supper, then to come out on October 15 to lend a hand. This twice-a-year fund-raiser helps the temple operations.  It's also a chance to share time together and enjoy each other's company. Thanks to Pat Sassa for looking after supervisory duties.

JSBTC Day Observed at BTSA - October 29

The 112th annual commemoration of the establishment of Jodo Shinshu in Canada is October 11, now designated as Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada Day.  Please click to view the messages in English and Japanese from Rev. Tatsuya Aoki, JSBTC bishop, and Dave Ohori, JSBTC president, on this important occasion. Also, click here for special instruction on how to compose the donation cheque. BTSA has scheduled October 29 for the observance of JSBTC Day.

BTSA at UofL Life Balance Fair - October 25

BTSA will be present at the University of Lethbridge Life Balance Fair on October 25 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The temple took part in last year's fair aimed at health and wellness, and decided to return this year.  The event is held on the inside track of the physical education building at the University.  The accompanying photo from 2016 shows Roland Ikuta and Izumi sensei at the BTSA table.