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



Obon Cemetery Services – July 2019

Area Obon cemetery services are scheduled throughout the month as listed

    July 7: Brooks cemetery, 11 a.m.
    July 14: Magrath cemetery, 10 a.m., Temple Hill, 11 a.m., Taber cemetery, 1:30 p.m.
    July 21: Mt. View cemetery, 1 p.m.; Obon/July & August Shotsuki, BTSA, 2:30 p.m.
    August – No services at BTSA; services resume in September

Bon Odori Practice – June 3 thru July 15

Everyone is welcome to learn the dances for the BTSA Bon Odori July 20 at the Galt Gardens. Practice sessions are held every Monday from June 3 through July 15 at the temple from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (excluding July 1, Canada Day).

Ikebana Class – June 15 thru Aug 24

Saturday ikebana classes are scheduled, time to be announced. Everyone is welcome. There will be a small donation requested. Contact Lilly Oishi at (403) 328-2169 or email: lilly.oishi@gmail.com for more information. Bring your own ikebana equipment.

Summer Vacation – July 22

As is customary, BTSA takes a summer break beginning July 22 thru August. Regular Sunday services will be suspended after Obon on July 21 and will resume on Sept. 1 at 10:30 a.m. Izumi sensei will maintain his usual hours during the break, except Sundays, Aug. 4 The day of Peace and Serenity, Nikka Yuko Gardens and Aug. 11, Obon Service in Edmonton.

New Library Books

A number of new titles have been received in the temple library, with only two shown here. Please check out the books in the library, located in the board room.

Bon Odori – Galt Gardens, July 20

The annual Bon Odori is set for July 20 at Galt Gardens, beginning at 6 p.m. This event sponsored by the BTSA In conjunction the observance of Obon is a Japanese Buddhist folk dance described as a dance of joy to remember and honor all those who have passed on, to appreciate all that they have done for us and to recognize the continuation of their influence upon our lives. The public is welcome to come and participate. Vendors will be on site.

Mein-Making – Sept. 14

BTSA has set Sept. 14 for the next chow mein noodle making session at the temple, beginning at 8 p.m. This will be in preparation for the fall chow mein supper on Oct. 21 as well as for sale. Mark the date on your calendar and plan on showing up to share the day with members and Dharma friends. We’re grateful for all the help we can assemble to ease the load.