Dana is a women’s organization that takes an active role in fundraising projects. The group was formed in 1959 with the help of Mary Ishiura and has been going strong ever since.
The theme of Dana has always been one of service and giving. The group supports many of the activities around the Temple from the Youth and Kids programs to the choir and Camp Lumbini.
In 1967, the TBC Dana Scholarship was established and in 2004, Dana published a commemorative booklet, “Way of Life”
Dana meets after the first Sunday morning service of each month and holds an annual general meeting every November.
New members are welcome to join the group
In 1998, Shin Fujinkai was formed as a women’s auxiliary group for the younger women at the Temple. Shin Fujinkai supports the Toronto Buddhist Temple through various fundraising and volunteer activities, as well as being involved in the community through special projects.
The group also meets throughout the year and participates in various social events, like Summerlicious!
The group is part of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada Women’s Federation and the World Buddhist Women’s Federation.
Shin Funjinkai meets the first Sunday every other month after the Sunday morning service.
They welcome new members and would love to meet you!
Sangha is predominately a male group established in 1950 by young Nisei (second generation) men who took on a leadership role at the Temple. Early on, this group established and implemented key ideas that enabled the Temple to thrive and grow over time.
Such innovations included;
Today, the Sangha are still very active at the Temple and participate in special events such as the Bazaar, mochi tsuki (rice making), Keirokai and Hana Matsuri. They also host the annual Hana Matsuri Family Banquet.
Sangha meets on the first Sunday of the month after morning service. They hold their Annual General Meeting in November.
The Sangha welcomes new members and they look forward to meeting you!
These groups are the backbone to the Temple when it comes to supporting the community inside and outside our doors. Due to the dedication of these groups we have become a strong community and family, creating a warm and caring environment where we can learn about the Dharma and enjoy each other’s company.
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