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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Recently, there were two incidents in the news which I found difficult to accept. They made me reflect on the value of religion. The first was the recent discovery of the remains of 215 young residential school students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School site. There are additional sites that have been found. The other tragic news was the loss of four members of a Muslim family killed in a “pre-meditated” vehicle attack in London, Ontario.

We have offered moments of silence at our services in the month of June. I was asked how I, as a Buddhist, reflect on these sad incidents in the mirror of the Dharma. When I think of Buddhism and share its teaching with others, it reminds me of this old parable contained in “The Gatha of the Seven Ancient Buddhas”.

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

Discover the role women play in supporting the JSBTC through activities and fundraising events
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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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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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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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October 2018

Friday, 19th



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