Our Story

Our Story

The tradition taught at Toronto Buddhist Church is Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Our founder, Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), conceived the term ‘Jodo Shinshu’ to represent the True Teaching of the Pure Land received from his teacher Honen. Often, we refer to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as Shin Buddhism.

Shin Buddhism originated approximately 800 years ago in Japan through the life experience of Shinran. After twenty years of performing strict practices as a Buddhist monk, Shinran realized how difficult it was to follow the Path of Sages. He thought he would never attain liberation through these practices. This eventually led him to the Pure Land teaching.

The Pure Land teaching or Jodo Shinshu Buddhism provides guidance to laypeople who want to experience awareness, joy and happiness in their everyday lives.

Today, Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is one of the largest sects of Buddhism in Japan. To learn more about general Buddhism, or more specifically Jodo Shinshu Buddhism please refer to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhism section on our website.

Our Homes

1947  Huron Street

In 1947, Toronto Buddhist Church purchased it‘s first home on Huron St.

Safe, warm and happy. Our first home at 137 Huron St. provided a place to nurture and share the religious aspects of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, and accommodate our growing social activities. Active fundraising enabled the Toronto Young Buddhist Society to purchase this residence.

137-Huron-St

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1955  Bathurst Street

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In 1955, we needed a place to grow. As our membership increased along with temple activities, the original building on Huron St. no longer served our needs. We needed more space in a commercial area so property was purchased and a church built at 918 Bathurst Street for $63,000.

2nd temple Bathurst st 1960s

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2005 1011 Sheppard Avenue

1011 Sheppard

Our current Location

In 2005, we needed to address the aging building and parking nightmares on Bathurst St. so Toronto Buddhist Church purchased property and built a new Temple at 1011 Sheppard Avenue West, close to the Downsview subway station and near Yorkdale Shopping Center. The building is stylish with large rooms for classes, meetings and workshops. We have our own library, meditation room and commercial kitchen to accommodate many social functions. We also have plenty of room for parking.

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Our Sangha (community) includes 300 members, along with many other people who participate in various activities around the Temple.

We hold weekly services on Sunday morning at 11:00 am, as well as weddings, funerals and memorial services.

We welcome anyone who is interested in following the teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism – it doesn’t matter what your age, race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Come visit our Temple and see if this is the right place for you!

OUR MISSION: TO LEAD THE CHANGE IN GENERATIONAL AND ETHNIC MAKE-UP OF TORONTO BUDDHIST CHURCH IN A THOUGHTFUL AND DYNAMIC MANNER

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