Welcome to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada

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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The hall of Waiola Church in Lahaina and nearby Lahaina Hongwanji temple (R back) are engulfed in flames in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Aug. 8, 2023.
(Matthew Thayer/The Maui News/AP/Kyodo)

On behalf of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada, we are deeply saddened and concerned about the deadly wildfire that struck the Hawaiian island of Maui. The fire destroyed most of the town of Lahaina - including the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission and their resident minister’s residence. The wildfire caused immeasurable damage to the entire community.

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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 also with the Jodo Shinshu International Office in Berkeley, California. While there are regional groupings of temples, the JSBTC is 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

“All tremble at violence; life is dear to all. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.”
—“Dhammapada” Chapter 10 verse 30


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We are deeply concerned and heartbroken by the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Jodo Shinshu Buddhism values and strives for peace and tranquility for all sentient beings throughout the world. One of the basic teachings of Buddhism is the interconnectedness of all things. Conflict between the two countries has affected the entire world. Impermanence is another central tenet underlying all Buddhist teachings. It teaches us that everything is constantly changing. It is our hope that the conflict will end soon and peace will be restored.

With palms together in gassho,

Tatsuya Aoki, Bishop
Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada

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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

Discover the active role women play in supporting the JSBTC through various fundraising activities and events. >>>
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The Nenju News is the voice for Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada. Read the latest issue as well as past newsletters in our archive. >>>
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The JSBTC is a registered charity. Your gift can be made to the JSBTC, Living Dharma Centre, Minister's Retirement Fund or the Women's Federation. >>>
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Attend one of our services and learn more about the dharma. The JSBTC has 12 temples located across Canada. Here is a listing. >>>
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October 2018

Friday, 19th



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