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.


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.

Movie Night at the Temple - November 23

Join the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta on Friday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. for the film Indian Horse. Based on the novel by Richard Wagamese, the film follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism.

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.

Bodhi Bake & Craft Sale - December 1

Join the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta for the annual Bodhi Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, December 1 from 1:00 p.m. until supplies last. This event will feature specialty food items, crafts, and delicious home baking. We look forward to donations from Dharma friends and members for this annual fund-raising event.  Please look over the attached poster to donors in preparation for the sale.

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.