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



Gotanye – May 19

Gotanye is an observance of the Jodo Shinshu founder’s birthday. Shinran was born May 21, 1173, in Hino, which is now part of Kyoto, Japan. BTSA will be commemorating his birthday May 19, the closest Sunday to his actual birth day. The photo is of the statue in BTSA temple entryway.

April is Membership Drive Month

While anytime is a good time to renew your membership or join BTSA, April has been reserved as Membership Drive month for the last several years. BTSA reminds and encourages all to submit their membership donation of $100 during April.

Spring Chow Mein Supper – May 5

It’s still a month away, but the May 5 spring chow mein supper tickets have been distributed and are on sale. They are sold by temple members. A reminder that the price for each supper has been increased to $15 as approved at the temple AGM in early March. As usual, the supper will be a drive-thru event. Sunday service is suspended that day.


New Library Books

A number of new titles have been received in the temple library, with only two shown here. Please check out the books in the library, located in the board room.

Early Obon Reminders – July 2019

Greater details will be provided closer to Obon season, but please be reminded of the schedule for the area at this time.

    July 7: Brooks cemetery, 11 a.m.
    July 14: Magrath cemetery, 10 a.m., Temple Hill, 11 a.m., Taber cemetery, 1:30 p.m.
    July 21: Mt. View cemetery, 1 p.m.; Obon/July & August Shotsuki, BTSA, 2:30 p.m.

BTSA Picnic – June 16

BTSA annual picnic is scheduled for June 16 (third Sunday) at the John Martin Recreation Area located in Pavan Park (80 - 62 Avenue North). The facility will be opened at 9 a.m., with service beginning at the usual time, 10:30 a.m. Handouts for the service will be available. Plan on spending a leisurely time in the outdoors with this yearly potluck get-together. The temple will provide KFC to go with dishes provided by members and Dharma friends. Bring the kids; the area is replete with children-aimed equipment.