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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The Buddhist Churches of America Center for Buddhist Education hosts a special online event featuring Bishops from the three hubs of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in the western world, including our own Bishop, Rev. Tatsuya Aoki.

• Rev. Eric Matsumoto, Bishop, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
• Rev. Marvin Harada, Bishop, Buddhist Churches of America
• Rev. Tatsuya Aoki, Bishop, Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada

The three leaders will lead a discussion on the future of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in the West. The event is free and open to everyone. It takes place live online on Saturday, April 17, at 11:00AM PT/2:00PM ET.

Find out how to register…


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The recent tragic deaths of George Floyd, Raychard Brooks, and Chantel Moore has sparked a conversation around the world. It has brought the topic of racism to the forefront. I believe there is a great need to focus our attention and efforts on the pervasive and ongoing violence inflicted on people of colour in our society.

In this present life, even though we live on the same planet, we live in different worlds. The colour of our skin, and where we live - each of us is sheltered in our own world. We set up our own “selves.” We take advantage of others when it benefits us. However, if the relationship with others becomes inconvenient, we withdraw again into our own world of “self” where we can avoid or reject others.

Until we can rid ourselves of the attachment to our small ‘selves’, we will live in a divided world. The Amida Sutra says that when we encounter the mind of Amida Buddha and are born in his Pure Land, for the first time we can “meet together in the same world” (kue issho). When we encounter Amida Buddha’s mind, or when we have heard Amida Buddha’s calling, our birth together on the same lotus flower will be realized.

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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