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



BC Location Nomination Request

BTSA members with family roots in pre-war British Columbia are being asked to nominate provincial locations that have special meaning for them in connection with a project sponsored by Heritage BC.  Called the Japanese Canadian Historic Places in BC, the deadline for nominations is Sept. 9 but may be extended. Please read the related information sent by Lori North, a member of the Vancouver Buddhist Temple and an active participant in JCCA. The accompanying photo is of Tashme, an internment centre that was built near Hope, BC.

BTSA at Life Balance Fair - October 26

Our temple will have a table at the Life Balance Fair sponsored by and held at the University of Lethbridge on October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be on the indoor track of the sports centre on campus. The Wellness Committee at the University uses this event to increase students’ and employees’ awareness of the importance of workplace and school health in order to balance personal and organizational performance.

New Temple Sign

Our members may have noticed that a new temple sign has been erected on the boulevard. The new sign, designed and installed by Friesen Plastics, Inc., is double-sided with a back light to glow at night. Note the wisteria emblem at the top of the frame.

JSBTC Day Appeal 2016

Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada Day this year commemorates the founding of the organization 111 years ago. In connection with this observance, BTSA will be soliciting donations for the JSBTC throughout the month of October and November. Please click on the messages and appeals from Socho Tatsuya Aoki (English & Japanese) and President Dave Ohori to help maintain the high standards set by JSBTC for the continued propagation of Jodo Shinshu in Canada.

Calligraphy classes - Three Sessions

Izumi Sensei will be conducting Calligraphy classes on October 22, 29 and November 5 at the temple. The classes will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Materials needed for the classes will be supplied. There is no cost for the classes. There will be a maximum enrollment of 10 people and it is necessary to register ahead of time. If you are interested please notify Sensei or Roland Ikuta (403-317-0078).

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.