In a chaotic world dominated by conflicting interests, both personal and global, Buddhism brings an awareness in our deepest being of the oneness of universal life. Jodo Shinshu Buddhism embraces the compassion of Amida Buddha, giving us the strength to embrace life and live with respect and understanding. Our vision is to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as a way of life throughout Canada.

Bishop's Message
September 20, 2017

I hope everyone enjoys the beginning of the new fall season, which illustrates the transient nature of all life…

Monshu's New Year’s Message
January 1, 2017 Kyoto, Japan
Shinmon Otani is now the 25th Monshu succeeding his father, Otani KĊshin. READ HIS NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE...

JSBTC Newsletter
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A voice for Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada, keeping you up-to-date on what the JSBTC is doing, sharing information about the JSBTC and the Temples in Canada, and connecting us all.

History in Canada
The Reverend Senju Sasaki and his wife Tomie arrived in Vancouver on October 12, 1905. He delivered the first dharma talk in Canada on the steps of the City Hall in Vancouver.

Jodo Shinshu Guide
Interested in learning more about the religion called the "best religion suited for life in North America." The Calgary Buddhist Temple has put together a guide available for downloading.

Online Learning
Find out how you can learn more about Buddhism online and under the guidance of recognized Jodo Shinshu leaders.
Living in Gratitude
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The Living Dharma Centre is presenting a series of essays throughout the year in honour of our 110th anniversary. These selected essays from our ministers, and lay members will show you our various reflections of thoughts based upon our Shin Pure Land Buddhist tradition. SEE THE LIST OF ESSAYS…
The Virtual Book Club
January 18, 2018
The Living Dharma Centre Virtual Book Club will be reviewing “Dharma Breeze – Essays on Shin Buddhism” by Dr. Nobuo Haneda this spring. A Japanese-born Buddhist scholar, translator, and teacher. Dr. Haneda is the Director of the Maida Institute for Buddhism in Berkeley, California.

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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.

As Shin Buddhists, we seek to be humble and sincere in words and in deeds, to be responsible citizens of our society and to share with others the teachings of Jodo Shinshu.

If you have questions you can either
contact us, or contact one of our temples in Canada. We hope that this site will give you a brief understanding of our sect of Buddhism.

The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (formerly Buddhist Churches of Canada) was established in 1933.
It is the oldest Buddhist organization in Canada and has steadily grown from the western shores of British Columbia to as far east as Montreal.
Everyone is welcome to visit any of
our temples across Canada.
We wish you well on your quest for knowledge.