The heart of the Temple is its members.
TBC members elect the Directors and the President and vote on all important matters affecting the Temple at its Annual General Meeting.
An individual can become a member by applying in writing to the Board of Directors and paying an annual fee of $135. Application forms may be obtained from the Temple Office. Senior members over the age of 77 years will become members for life upon joining. They do not have to pay an annual fee, although our senior members have traditionally been the Temple’s most generous supporters.
For more information on how to make a donation please visit our donate page or click on this link.
We believe that the real value of membership is not to be found in its tangible benefits but rather in its commitment to a life of Jodo Shinshu Teachings and the fellowship of the Sangha with all of the members and friends of the Temple.
The non-ministerial affairs of the Temple are managed and supervised by the Board of Directors.
There are a maximum of nine directors, including the President. They are all volunteers and are elected for two-year staggered terms. Each director is responsible for overseeing one or more of the many Temple portfolios, including Religious, Finance, Administration, Membership, Maintenance, Welfare, Special Projects, Community and Outreach, Youth and Kids Sangha departments. Each director brings various knowledge and skills to the Temple, including finance, business, technical, industrial and counselling expertise. The Board meets on the second Sunday after morning service, with meetings approximately an hour in length.
In addition to their management and supervisory responsibilities, our directors are often among the first to roll up their sleeves to get any job done.
Working hand-in-hand with the directors responsible for the various portfolios are volunteers who are co-chairs of the Temple’s working committees. Co-chairs of committees and other volunteers sit on the Management Committee, which meets monthly prior to each Board meeting. Every effort is made to make these meetings as short and productive as possible. Committees represented on the Management Committee include (but are not limited to) the following:
The Toronto Buddhist Church always welcomes individuals who are interested in pursuing the study of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, as well as those who would like to contribute to the Temple as volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors or the Management Committee. Anyone interested in the Temple’s religious programs and/or in becoming involved in the management of the Temple is invited to contact the Temple.