Source: The Buddhist Channel/Lethbridge Herald
Close to 400 people gathered at a new Buddhist temple on Sunday morning to mark the beginning of a new era.
The new temple, located at 470 40 Street South, is the result of the amalgamation of six congregations from Buddhist temples from across southern Alberta, including Taber, Picture Butte, Rosemary, Raymond, Coaldale and two in Lethbridge.
According to Harry Sugimoto, president of the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta, the decision to amalgamate the temples has been in the making for the past eight or nine years, but the real work began about two years ago as to what congregations should really solidify.
The smaller communities were having difficulty maintaining their size of the congregation, he said, so in order to assure the growth of Buddhism in southern Alberta, it made sense to bring everyone together under one roof.