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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.

Food Bank Donations - through January 2018

BTSA once again will be soliciting food parcel or monetary donations for the food bank, this time the Lethbridge Food Bank. The holiday season is particularly difficult for those using the facility, but as in the past BTSA wants to contribute beyond that period so will be collecting through the new year. Please look over the list of items that are most sought (see attached). BTSA also will contribute a monetary donation matching the food donations.

JSBTC Dana Day Donations

The Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta will be accepting JSBTC Dana Day donations through the first weeks of December, before turning them over to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC). There is still time to make a donation, which will be receipted by BTSA. The donations help the national organization to continue its propagation of Jodo Shinshu in Canada.

Ho-onko and January Shotsuki - January 14

One of Jodo Shinshu's three most important holidays--Ho-onko--will be observed, along with the monthly memorial service for January, on January 14 at 2:00 p.m.  Ho-onko commemorates the death of Shinran Shonin, founder of Jodo Shinshu. The annual BTSA New Year's Party will be held after the service.

Nirvana Day & Pet Appreciation Day - Feb.  11

Combined service for Nirvana Day and Pet Appreciation Day is scheduled for February 11.  Nirvana Day commemorates the death of the historical Gautama the Buddha. Appropriately, Pet Appreciation Day is observed as legend has it that the Buddha was surrounded by the animals who attended him on his deathbed. It's an opportunity to thank all our pet animals who contribute to human well-being. 

Joya-no-Kane - December 31

The annual year-end bell-ringing ceremony, known as Joya-no-Kane-- will be held on New Year's eve again this year at the Nikka Yuko Garden, bell tower site.  BTSA sponsors this event jointly with the Garden.  It is open to the public, beginning around 11:30 p.m.  Cancellation if the temperature falls below -15 celsius.

BTSA New Year's Service - January 1

Start 2018 by attending a brief New Year's service on January 1. Izumi sensei will be officiating Monday when the new year begins. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. Most likely the weather will be bracing, but we'll have tea afterwards to warm you up. Come and join us to start 2018.