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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/Study Club

The Living Dharma Centre is starting a Virtual Book Club this fall, inviting interested participants to read a specific book chosen every three months and sign up for email participation and discussion. The selected book for the first session is "Call of the Infinite" by John Paraskevopoulos. Click here for more details.

Old Hondo Chairs for Sale

Most of the old hondo chairs, replaced by the shipment of the new ones described above, are available for sale at $10 each or 12 for $100, with priority given to temple members through January. Thereafter, any unsold chairs will be up for general sale. The temple will retain about 75 chairs. Anyone interested in purchasing chairs, please check with Akira or Roland.

'Buddhism in The Bay' - BTSA Tour - June 2017

The most-recent information concerning BTSA's tour, ‘Buddhism in the Bay,’ lists the current estimated cost at $2,900 CND a person (single occupancy rates only), with a $200 deposit a person to register. As of mid-February, 15 persons have registered, and registration invitations have been extended to other temples. Final payment is still due April 21. Homebase/accommodations will be the Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley, CA. Please click on this link for detailed itinerary and related information. There are 16 spots for BTSA members and 9 for Calgary temple members. For further information or to register, contact Sylvia Oishi at sylvia.oishi@gmail.com or call 403-892-2318 (mobile).

April - Membership Drive

April is BTSA's membership drive, and we look forward to as many renewals and new memberships as possible. The annual rate for the year is $100 per member and cheques may be made out to BTSA. Many members have already renewed since the beginning of the year, and new members are always welcomed. Thanks to all those who have sent in their renewals.

Hanamatsuri - April 9

Grant M. Ikuta sensei will be BTSA's guest speaker at its annual Hanamatsuri service on April 9 at 2:00 p.m.. Ikuta sensei is the resident minister at the Steveston Buddhist Temple in Richmond, B.C. The monthly memorial service for April will be held in conjunction with the Hanamatsuri observance. All are welcome to this commemoration of the birth of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, about 2,600 years ago in India.

Spring Chow Mein Supper - April 30

The BTSA's major fundraiser -- its twice-a-year chow mein supper -- is scheduled April 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are sold by members at $12 each. The drive-through supper requires hours of volunteer support and we look forward to a great turnout of our members to help out during the day. 

JSBTC Japan Youth Tour – Apply

The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada is sponsoring a youth tour of Japan for this summer and eligible Jodo Shinshu Buddhists between the ages of 15 and 25 are invited to apply. Please refer to the informative poster, the flyer, and application form. The tour is scheduled for July 10 to 23 and costs $2,000 (traveller’s insurance extra). Deadline for application is May 5. Photo at left is a shrine at the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto--the mother temple of which BTSA is a member.