During this time when many of are temples are closed during the pandemic, the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada and its temples across Canada are holding services and lectures online.
By visiting a temple’s livestream video page at the scheduled time, you are able to join service, chant and listen to dharma messages from your home. Check temple websites to confirm weekly livestream schedules, as services may not be streamed every Sunday.
Temples may also offer recordings of recent services or dharma talks, with many now posting new content on a weekly basis.
JSBTC Lecture Series
The JSBTC has organized a series of lectures relating to many of the issues confronting us today. The lectures are open to the public via Zoom. To register, apply using this link. If you are not affiliated with Jodo Shinshu Temple in Canada, please indicate "New to Jodo Shinshu". You will receive a Zoom link after your registration is verified.
The lecture will be given by Dr. Rev. Duncan Williams who is currently a Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Williams was born in Tokyo, Japan to a Japanese mother and British father. After growing up in Japan and England until age 17, he moved to the U.S. to attend college (Reed College) and graduate school (Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in Religion). Williams is currently Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures and the Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. Previously, he held the Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair of Japanese Buddhism at UC Berkeley and served as the Director of Berkeley's Center for Japanese Studies for four years.
Dr. Jeff Wilson is a Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College (University of Waterloo). He received his tokudo ordination as a Jodo Shinshu minister in 2012, and assists the Toronto Buddhist Temple.
Rev. Robert Gubenco of the Calgary Buddhist Temple leads a live daily evening service and weekly Sunday service on Facebook Live. The evening services start at 8:00 pm PDT. The Sunday Services start at 9:00 am PDT. If you're not a member of the Calgary Buddhist Temple Facebook group, you will need to request to be added to the group before you'll be able to share in the service. You can also view past Sunday Services on YouTube including this very special appearance by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Tanaka.
Toronto Buddhist Church
Rev. Yoshimichi Ouchi of the Toronto Buddhist Church live streams a weekly Sunday Service on both Zoom and Facebook Live. You will need to register for both. Click on the icons for a registration link to either application.
Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta
Monthly Shotsuki services from the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta are streamed on the first Sunday of each month on YouTube. Also available are a series of ten short videos, "10 Things to do to cope with COVID-19. The videos were produced by Dr. Roland Ikuta (President of the BTSA) can be found on the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta Facebook page. Monthly podcasts titled "It is called A Buddhist Life" can be accessed wherever you can download podcasts or directly from theBTSA.com web page. The episodes cover various topics and how Buddhism can be incorporated into everyday life.