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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



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.

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 book featured in the book club is "Man's Search for Meaning" by Victor Frankl. Click here for more details.

Gotanye & Parents’ Day - May 21

The regular Sunday service on May 21 will coincide with the commemoration of Shinran Shonin's birthday, known in Japanese as Gotanye. Shinran is considered the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, of which BTSA is an affiliate. He was born on May 21, 1173, at Hokai-ji Temple in Kyoto, at the close of the Heian period and lived during the Kamakura period. The carving pictured to the left is by Takayuki Zoshi of Sebastapol, CA.

A parents' day lunch will be serve following the service.

Bon Odori Practice runs through July 10

Come out and learn new dances for this year's bon odori. Practices run at the Bon Odori practice at the temple from May 15 through July 10 at 6:30 p.m.. The month of May will mainly involve learning the dance, "Wonderful Canada", for the 50th anniversary of the Nikka Yuko Garden. Please click here to see the full poster describing the schedule for dance practice.

Movie Night - June 2

Movie Night features The Intouchables on June 2 at the temple at 7:00 p.m.. Based on a true story, the film received rave reviews and broke box office records in its native France and across Europe. The story depicts the unlikely camaraderie between a wealthy quadriplegic and his care giver, and is described by Rotten Tomatoes as "an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility."

Ikebana at the Temple - June to August

Summer ikebana classes are scheduled weekly, beginning June 10 through Aug. 26 at 10 to 11 a.m.  The class is open to everyone. Call Lilly Oishi to register for the class at 403-328-2159 or email her at lilly.oishi@gmail.com. A donation of $15 to the temple is requested.  Please bring your own ikebana equipment. There will not be a class on July 1 and 15.

Speakers' Series - Andrew Ichikawa, June 8

Music therapist Andrew Ichikawa will look at the centrality of music in our interrelationships during a talk on June 8 entitled At the Heart of Music. His presentation is part of the temple's public speakers' series. Click here to check out the poster that further describes his talk and his background.

Vancouver Island Obon Tour - August 11-13

The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada has chartered a bus for a three-day cemetery tour of Vancouver Island on August 11 to 13 and is inviting interested persons to join during the Obon season to visit some historic sites. Cost of the trip is $375, based on double occupancy. Please click here to apply and to see the details on the tour poster. Trip sponsors and supporters include BCJSBTF, Steveston Buddhist Temple Fujinkai, BCJSBTFWF, Cumberland Township, Sands Funeral Home in Nanaimo, Comox Valley Nikkei Association, and Victoria Nikkei Community Society.