The Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta was established on December 18, 2006 at its inaugural incorporation meeting and registered formally with the Province of Alberta on January 16, 2007.
Its membership is comprised of members from the former Coaldale Buddhist Temple, Lethbridge Buddhist Temple, Lethbridge Honpa Buddhist Temple, Raymond Buddhist Temple, Rosemary Buddhist Temple and Taber Buddhist Temple. In 1992, members of the former Picture Butte Buddhist Temple joined the Lethbridge Buddhist Temple.
The Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta is dedicated to being an open Jodo Shinshu Sangha organization that appreciates, promotes, preserves and practices the Buddha Dharma teaching.
The mission of the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta is to gratefully promote and practice Buddha Dharma teaching through:
A response by the BTSA must always involve the following key factors:
• Ensure that our motivation is a sense of gratitude and compassion.
• Take into account the widest possible perspective.
• Be vigilant in ensuring that we remain honest, self-aware, unbiased and trustworthy; the danger otherwise is that we may fall victim to self-delusion.
• In the face of any real ethical challenge, respond in a spirit of humility.
• Ensure our interaction with the community by promoting dedication, commitment and involvement.
•Strive to keep in mind the primary goal of the wellbeing of humanity as a whole and the planet we inhabit.
REVEREND YASUO IZUMI
Reverend Yasuo Izumi came to Canada, from Japan, as an ordained Minister of Jodo Shinshu (Shin Buddhism) in November of 1970.
His first ministerial assignment was in Lethbridge and he later served in Vancouver, Toronto and Richmond. Reverend Izumi continued his religious studies at the Vancouver School of Theology and later received his Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California.
In November 2002, 27 years later he was reassigned to temples in southern Alberta where he is now the minister of a new temple, the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta (BTSA). This amalgamation of six temples held a dedication ceremony on April 26, 2009.
Reverend Izumi and his wife Sachi are the parents of five children and grandparents of seven grandchildren.