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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.


BTSA observed JSBTC Day October 28, but continues to invite donations for this worthy, national appeal throughout November. This commemorates the 113th year of Jodo Shinshu in Canada, the first minister arriving in 1903 in Vancouver. BTSA welcomes donations for this anniversary observation. Please click on the links to view the poster and read the greetings from JSBTC president Larry Wakisaka and Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temple of Canada Bishop Rev. Tatsuya Aoki.

Food Bank Appeal - Now to February 2019

The Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta board has approved the annual Food Bank request for this year, and the empty box in the multipurpose room beckons to members and friends to have it filled with donated non-perishable goods. Monetary donations also are acceptable. The estimated total collected will be matched by the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta and turned over in February 2019 to the Lethbridge Interfaith Food Bank.

Women’s Federation Forum - December 9

If you would like to find out what the Women’s Federation does, if you would like more information on the World Convention, or if you would like to have input in direction of the Women's Federation, please join us December 9 after Bodhi Day service. View the poster here for more information. The Women’s Federation has made the first draft of the Terms of Reference available for feedback; it can be viewed here: Terms of Reference.

Bodhi Day – December 9

The regular Sunday service on December 9 will commemorate the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha under the bo tree in modern-day India.  Designated as Bodhi Day, it will be the closest Sunday to December 8 when it is purported that the historic Buddha attained enlightenment. Please note that the service completes the regular Sunday service schedule for the year. Izumi sensei will next preside at the Joya-no-Kane on New Year’s Eve at the Nikka Yuko Garden.

Joya-no-Kane - December 31

The public is invited to participate in the annual year-end Buddhist bell-ringing ceremony — Joya-no-Kane — at the Nikka Yuko Garden bell tower site, Izumi sensei officiating. Last year’s cancellation because of extreme cold was the first since the bell-ringing was inaugurated. The event, co-sponsored by the BTSA and the Garden, begins around 11:30 p.m.. There is no admission fee to the grounds for the event. It will be cancelled if the temperature falls below -15°C. [Accompanying photo is from 2016.]

New Year’s Service - January 1, 10:30 a.m.

Welcome 2019 at the special New Year’s Day service at the temple at 10:30 a.m.. Plan on rising nice and early—after a midnight ceremony at Nikka Yukko Garden saying farewell to 2018. Past year turnouts for this traditional service have varied in size, and they have been open to the public—as is this one. Izumi sensei will be officiating.