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



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.

Bon Odori Practice - Through July 9

Practice sessions for this year's Bon Odori on July 14 begins Monday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, and thereafter on every Monday through July 9.  Come out and learn the steps so you'll be ready to jump in and dance during the mid-summer festival at the Galt Gardens.

Ikebana Class - Starting June 16

Flower arrangement classes will be held beginning June 16 at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta under the supervision of Lilly Oishi.  Anyone interested should contact Lilly to attend.  Classes are held Saturdays at the temple from 10:30 a.m.  Lilly can be reached at 403-327-2159 or by email.

2018 Obon Season Schedule

Summer Break

Beginning July 16--the day after the Obon service--the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta will be taking a summer break through August 31. Toban assignment will still be in effect, in case of a funeral or other demands. Izumi sensei will be available for much of the time, but there will not be scheduled Sunday services until Sunday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the temple.

Bon Odori - July 14

The annual bon odori sponsored by the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta is set for Saturday, July 14 at the Galt Gardens, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Plan on joining in on this mid-summer Buddhist celebration, and dance a few hours in traditional Japanese dress or with those in traditional dress.  Personal cards will be available to tuck in your pocket or obi as you dance; write down a name on the card to honour a loved one. Click here to view the poster to check out the activities.