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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, inviting interested participants to read a specific book chosen every three months and sign up for email participation and discussion. The Book Club is now reading Dharma Breeze - Essays on Shin Buddhism by Dr. Nobuo Haneda. A Japanese-born Buddhist scholar, translator, and teacher, Dr. Haneda is the Director of the Maida Institute for Buddhism in Berkeley, California and comes from the teaching line of Kiyozawa-Akagerasu-Maida-Haneda. Click here for more details.

Spring Chow Mein Supper – April 22

The Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta sponsors its spring chow mein supper on Sunday, April 22 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with the usual drive-through format. Tickets were distributed at the mein-making session and should be available from members after March 24. The annual general meeting in March decided the price of each supper at $13. We look forward to interested persons for this temple fundraiser.

Annual Membership Drive – April

The month of April heralds BTSA’s annual membership drive. Membership donation remains at $100, and BTSA this year would like women members to decide whether they would like to continue membership in the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada Women’s Federation. A revised membership form in the April newsletter, Hikari, will ask women to indicate their preference by checking the appropriate box. A second box requests whether the member is more than 80 years of age; those over 80 are not assessed.

Aoki Sensei's Office of the Bishop Report

Please look over the latest update from the Office of the Bishop that is available in English and Japanese. The two versions of the document are also available under "Bishop's Update" link found in the menu bar above. Sensei reports on his activities as JSBTC Bishop, including his recent visit to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta at the beginning of March.

Rummage Sale - June 2

The Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta is having a rummage sale on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

Prior to the event, please consider donating new and gently used items (particularly Japanese items), as well as your time in preparation for the event. To get involved, contact Brenda Ikuta at 403.317.0078 or by email.

24 Days in Brooks – April 26, 7:00 p.m.

Written and directed by Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta member Dana Inkster, 24 Days in Brooks is a documentary sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada. The film is about Brooks, AB and how it transformed into one of the most diverse towns in Canada. Immigrants and refugees flocked to Brooks to work at one of the world’s largest meatpacking plants. This is a story of a 24-day labour strike at the plant, addressing cultural diversity, immigration, human rights, and social justice. A Q & A period will follow the film.

Fun Painting Event - June 9

Get creative and have a great time with friends on Saturday, June 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.. All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served ($45 per person). An instructor will be on hand to make it easy and fun to create a painting. Open to Temple members and the public (minimum 10 years of age). Registration required by May 1 (text or call Sylvia Oishi at 403.892.2318 or email). See the poster here.