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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.

Food Bank Donations through February 2017

BTSA's annual food donation begins this month and runs through mid-February. The need is always great, and all donations are welcome. The donation box will be in the multipurpose room at the temple, beginning mid-November. As in past years, the estimated value of the donated goods will be matched by a cheque from the BTSA. Last year, about $400 worth of goods were donated; that was matched by a cheque for $400 to the Lethbridge Food Bank.

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).

Annual General Meeting - March 5, after service

Members are reminded to attend BTSA's 2017 Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 5, after the monthly memorial service for that month.  Please turn out to help develop an investment policy for the temple and to name board members to a two-year term. The financial report prepared by Moriyama/Wolsey accountants for the past year -- called a review engagement -- will also be presented.

Special Services on March 19 and 26

During March, BTSA observes two special services, Ohigan on March 19, and Eshinni-Kakushinni Day on March 26. Ohigan is held on the Sunday nearest the spring equinox when day and night are about equal in length, signifying balance. Eshinni was the wife of Shinran, and Kakushinni, their daughter.  Both helped to preserve Shinran's legacy, contributing to the development of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

Mein-Making - March 25

Mein-making in preparation for the 2017 spring chow mein supper is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 starting at 8:00 a.m.. All members who can volunteer their time are asked to turn out for this event. Come out and spend the day socializing with friends and neighbours.

Daylight Saving Time on March 12

Just a reminder to BTSA members that daylight saving time (DST) begins March 12 at 2:00 a.m.. Remember to "spring forward" to avoid being late for the regular Sunday service on that morning. This year's dayight saving time runs through November 5, when time "falls back."