We are a group of Canadians that are followers of the Jodo Shinshu "Shin" sect of Buddhism. The JSBTC is affiliated with the Nishi Hongwanji of Kyoto, Japan, the mother temple of the Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land) sect of Buddhism. The sect follows the teachings of Shinran Shonin (1173 - 1262). It is a teaching wherein we are endowed with the ultimate goal of enlightenment symbolized as the Pure Land.


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each temple will cautiously reopen according to the needs of their membership.

The onset of COVID-19 has highlighted the fact that our individual actions affect our collective health. Therefore, we have taken great care to create in-depth safety protocols in accordance with local and federal regulations and international recommendations.

The safety of all our members and guests continues to be our utmost concern and we must remain vigilant in the continuing battle with COVID-19.

In the interim, many of our temples are offering online services led by JSBTC ministers.

A complete list is available here.

A community living a life of gratitude on the path of the Buddha Dharma

The primary purpose of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada is to provide Canadians general access to Jodo Shinshu Buddhist teachings. The JSBTC was first established in 1905 as an affiliate of the Nishi Hongwanji, and it is comprised of twelve Temples in Canada: Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, BTSA (Lethbridge), Calgary, Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops, Fraser Valley, Vancouver and Steveston.

The JSBTC is the connection among the temples in Canada and with other Jodo Shinshu Temples internationally. While there are regional groupings of temples, as in BC, the JSBTC in the only formal way in which we can meet and share across the country.

Acting as a catalyst for growing a network of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist centres through dynamic and focused leadership


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In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the increase in hate crimes and incidents against Asian-Canadians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Island communities has risen significantly because of ‘reports’ that the virus originated in Asia. This is intimately connected to systemic, historic, and state-sanctioned discrimination against Asians in national and international relations. We support and stand in solidarity with the Asian communities in Canada.

As a Buddhist organization, we need to be part of the solution. “The GoldenChain”, a simple, but popular Shin Buddhist reading at Dharma services, goes as follows:
I am a link in Amida’s golden chain of love that stretches around the world. I will keep my link bright and strong. May I be kind and gentle to every living thing and protect all who are weaker than myself. May I think pure and beautiful thoughts, say pure and beautiful words, and do pure and beautiful deeds. May every link in Amida’s golden chain of love be bright and strong, and may we all attain perfect peace.

Read Bishop Aoki's entire message

To perform our responsibilities in the best interest of the Sangha by walking the path of the Buddha Dharma side by side, practicing the Nembutsu teachings

While many of are temples are closed during the pandemic, ministers of the JSBTC are providing live services online that you can view from your home.
Click here for more information.
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The Nenju News is the voice for Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada keeping you up-to-date on the JSBTC and its temples throughout the country. Read new and past newsletters in our archive.
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The Reverend Senju Sasaki and his wife Tomie arrived in Vancouver on October 12, 1905. Delivering the first dharma talk in Canada on the steps of the City Hall in Vancouver. Read more about their story.
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Attend one of our services and learn more about the dharma. The JSBTC has 12 temples located across Canada. Find links to their websites, locations and phone numbers.
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October 2018

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