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



Eco Sangha – Dec. 14

Plan on attending the Eco Sangha afternoon of discovery Dec. 14, at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta. to tour at 1 p.m. the eco-friendly home of Rudy Reger, (Meet at the temple directions.). Discussion about Eco Sangha action plan involves (1) an energy utilization plan (potential of solar panels); and (2) resource management, that is, how to make practices at the temple more eco-friendly. There will be a town-hall meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the temple, followed by a chili cook-off supper.

Joya-no-Kane – Dec. 31

Ring out 2019, Ring in 2020 - The 16th annual Joya-no-kane (Year-End Bell Ringing), will be held Dec. 31 at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden at 11 p.m. Joya is a Japanese word that means to eliminate the darkness of blind passions. Kane is a hanging bell, usually a big one like the Friendship Bell at the Garden. Traditionally, striking the bell 108 times all together represents the elimination of all blind passions. Yasuo Izumi sensei of the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta who will look after the event says the event is subject to cancellation in case of -15c temperature or heavy snow.

New Year’s Day Service – Jan. 1, 2020

The Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta welcomes the new year—2020—with the annual New Year’s Day Service at the temple at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020 falls on a Wednesday. All members and Dharma friends are invited to attend this first service of the Year of Rat, according to the 12-year Asian calendar. Hope for moderate weather

Ho-onko, New Year’s Party – Jan. 12

BTSA observes Ho-onko, along with Shotsuki, on Jan. 12, 2020, at 2 p.m. The commemoration will be followed by the temple’s annual new year’s party in the multipurpose room. Ho-onko memorializes the death of Shinran Shonin, founder of Jodo Shinshu, and is one of its three important holidays. All members and Dharma friends are invited to attend this service, then celebrate the new year afterwards.