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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tueidoy, June S7, 1972 1HE IETHBRIOGE HERALD 13 Several alternate religions in south By CATI1IK RETt Herald Staff Writer Canada is basically a country of Christianity. In southern Al- berta, most non-Christian non- Jewish religions are almost un- heard of. In the rest of the world, in addition to the Christian and Jewish faitlis, there are Hin- dus, Siklis, Moslems, Budd- hists, Baha'is, Taoists and Sat- anists, among others. In Lcthbridgc, it appears as though the only non-Christian non-Jewish religions practiced are the Buddhists religions ol two sects, and the Baha'i WorU Faith. About 150 families are mem- bers of the Lelhbridge Budd- Lethbridge post office mil be closed Dominion Day hist Church ot the Jodo Stun- shu sect. There are about 300 people in Alberta who belong to Honpa Buddhist Church. Ar.d the Baha'i World Faith has 18 elders actively taking part in the religion, and 21 mem- bers under the age ot 15. The Lethbridge Buddhist Church has been in the city for almost 25 years. Services in both Buddhists churches are held every Sunday. The Baha'i World Faith start- ed in Lelhbridge in 1959. There is no clergy in the faith and r.o ritual tfl follow. The Baha'i cal- endar is divided into 19 months of 15 days, and al the first o! each or these months, a service is held. The Lclhbridge Post Office will operate on a holiday sched- ule on Dominion Day, July 1. The lock box lobby will re- main opcu on the 24 hour basis. Special delivery mail will be delivered and collections from the street letter boxes will be made on the Sunday schedule. Postage stamps may be ob- tained from the vending ma- Buddhism, Baha'i iliine on the west side of the building. However, there will be no de- livery by loiter carrier or Leth- bridge suburban service, the wicket Inhhy will nnt, be open and, no wicket service will be given. There will be no postal ser- vice provided at any of the Lethbridge sub post offices on the holiday. Highway mail services to post offices will he curtailed. Couple leaves FOKT MACLEOD (Special) and Mrs. Mike Lbgaard were feted al a farewell ba- hecue prior to their departure for Rocky Mountain House. Hosting the affair were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cox. Mrs, Michael Donohue read a farewell poem and her hus- band made a presentation from the assembled friends. Mr. -Lingaard has served with the local RCMP detach- ment since 1967. FOR SMELLING Fishes' nostrils are not for breathing, but just for smelling. Bourassa heads MD recreation FORT MACLEOD (Special) Bourassa, recreation di- rector here, has been named to head Willow Creek MD recre- ation as regional recreational director. The MD lias chosen scarlet and gold for its official colors. AH districts in south Alberta will lie easily recognized by their colors this year. Free breakfast FORT MACLEOD (Special) Little Royal cattle show and sole will again be the open- ing event of the three-day Fort Macleod Midnight celebrations. A free breakfast will be held at the Fort Macleod Auction Market Friday, July 7, before the cattle are judged. Five classes will lia competing for in prize money. A sale will follow the judging. NAME SOURCE The name "Lethbridge" was adopted alter William Lcth- bridge, first president of tho Northwest Coal and Navigation Company, on Oct. 10, 1885. collectors winners fjcthbridge coin collectors Joe and Anne Szalavary attend- ed Calgary's annual coin show on June 17 and 18. Mrs. Szalavary won first prize for a display ui Hungar- ian paper money and Mr. Szal- avary won second prize for his display of Canadian bills. Mr. and Mrs. Szalavary re- ported that the coin show was well attended and quite success- ful. Buddhism is the "poor man's psychoanalysis" said Rev. Les- lie Kawamura, minister for Hoppa Buddhist Churches in Al- berta. He said the church is not really a religion, but more a means of breaking down the shield of ego. The people of Buddhism live just for the moment, said Rev, Kawamura. Rev. Izumi of the Lethbridge Buddhist Church explained that Buddhism is not a religion of belief. It is a religion of en- lightenments and a way of life, with no dogma to believe. He said Buddha teaches peo- ple to see things as they are, and teaches right living and a self responsible way of life. Buddha is not a god, but a stale "Ce from selfishness. Each member has a Budd- ha's mind, he said. Baha'i followers also have somewhat different basic teachirgs. "We are all the fruits of one tree and the leaves ot one branch." These are the words of Baha- 'u'Uah, the founder of the Bat.a'i religion, and these words are followed by mem- bers of the faith today. Baha'is believe that the the world should be peaceful and united, said Harold Tich- enor, member of the Baha'i Faith in Lethbridge. Numerous feasts As Christmas and Easter are special in the Christian religion, non Christian religions have special feast days too. In the Buddhists religion, there ere four special feasts in the year. One is a celebration of the birth of Shakamuni Bud, dha, Ihe founder of the Budd- hist religion, which started in India. Another is a special feast to celebrate the founder of each sect. Obon, a memorial ser- vice, is held once a year to commemorate all living things that have died. There Is then a celebration to commemorate the death of the founder of the sect. In the Bah'i faith, the most Important feast day of the year is the Naw Ruz, held on the evening of March 20. It is like the Christian New Year. The Baha'i service Is divided into three parts. The first in- cludes readings from all relig ions, a second part deals with questions and problems need ing to be solved, and a tliird part is a social period. In the Buddha service in cense is burned to purify th mind, and the Sutra, the teach ing of Buddha, is similar to the Christian Bible, is chanted a very service. A gong is struck jefore the chant and after it. Rev. Kawamura said it is asy to become a member of le Buddhist church: one is onsidered a member as soon he attends the service, 'here is a confirmation of a ort when the person accepts luddhism as his religion. The Honpa Buddhist Church s made up mostly of Japanese icople; but some Caucasians lave accepted the faith and at- end services. Hev. Kawamura aid Buddhism is becoming more popular, among Cauca- sians. The- Lethbridge Buddhist Church is also msde up almost mtlrely of Japanese people, >ut some Caucasians are mar- ried into the faith, said Rev. [zumi. Caucasians can attend services, but to become a member of the church, they must pay a membership fee, he said. The Baha'i faith is trying to encourage all people of the world to get along together, so anyone can be a member of the faith. However, Mr. Tichenor said cMldren are not taught to be Baha'is. When they reach the age of 15, children can accpet the teachings of Baha'u'llah, and become merr'iers of the faith. Marriage customs As far as marriage is con- cerned, Rev. Kawamura said marriage is between two pco- pic, and act between two relig- .'iion'. Rev. Izuma said there is !a service in the church for marriages just as in the Chris- tian Church. The marriage ceremony of Baha'i faith traditionally is just two people marrying them- selves, .with the consent of their parents, said Mr. Tichen- or. However, for the marriage to be accepted by the govern- ment, the chairman of the spir- itual assembly, a governing body of the faith, is elected as clergyman, and is the main wit- ness as the two people say their Marriage between races is encouraged by the Divorce must be avoided, but if the couple cannot live to- gether, they must let the Baha'i spiritual assembly know of their plars for divorce, and .hen live together for one com- ilete year before they can sep- >rate, so they have time to find out if they can perhaps work :hings out. There are several symbols in the Buddhist faith, just as tho Crucifix is a symbol of the Christian faith. The Ojuzu is a string of beads, each bead rep- resenting one of 1CR desires every human has. The Fuji- flower is a symbol of the Jodo Shinshu sect, and represents the attitude ot humbleness which every human possesses, The goal of the Buddhists is clear understanding of life and to see things as they are. Baha'is arc non-combatar.ts, so if in time of war, they'll serve on medical staffs ard .so on, rather than be soldiers. Baha'is try to solve p.-omcms non-physically and non-violently. Notley here Grant Notley, leader of Hie Alberta New Democratic Parly and lone NDP member of the legislature, will featured speaker at the Lethbridge fed- eral NDP nominating meeting Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Rain- bow Hall, 5th Ave. N., just east of 13th St. NDP president Tom McLcod predicted 200 peo- ple will attend. Nominations are open from the floor for a candidate to contest the scat now hclcl in the House of Com- mons by Ihe Progressive Con- servative parly. NDP candidates for the party nomination so far are: Rudy Haugeneder, a reporter with the Lethbridge Herald and Hal Hoffman, a mechanics instructor at Lcthbridee Com- munity College. Tourist sites get publicity Fort Whoop-Up, the Japan- ese Gardens, Indian Battle Park, Writing On Stone pro- vincial park and other south- ern Alberta attractions are re- ceiving international attention. Travel and promotion people covered local sights during re- cent visits prompted by Cana- dian Government Travel Bur- eau advertising. Erwin Ronelt, a writer for the Austrian automobile asso- ciation magazine Auto-Touring visited the Japanese Gardens and Fort Whoop-Up. On a separate visit, a writer and a photographer with East- man Kodak Co. of Rochester, N.Y. loured attractions for a photo story for Kodak client trade publications. RELAX this SUMMER BETTER IDEA NOW! SAVE HUNDREDS AT DUNLOP FORD CANADIAN SPRINT SPECIALS! Final model year orders hove been placed with the factory. These cars nre now arriving daily and we must keep our inventory moving to make room. "The Heat's Really On" at Dunlop Ford so come Inl Comparel Make your choice! Make your offerl Over 100 brand new '72's fo choose from al the cooles) prices in town. 1972 MUSTANG SPRINT 351 2 door sportsroof, 3 speed Uans., tucket seals, rear ipoiler, blk. raised white letter tires. Spucicl Blue end White paint and interior. REG. 4251.50 NOW OUR PRICES HAVE BEEN MELTED! SAVE! 1972 MAVERICK SPRINT 302 V-8, 3 speed trans., floor shift, radio, special D70xl4 WSW tires. Special Blue and paint and inferior. i> j. JUST IN ONE ONLY 1972 WHITE PINTO SQUIRE WAGON 2000 cc. engine, 4 speed trans., luggage rack, A78xl3 tires. Rodio and block i', heater. 1 REG, 3436.70 j> NOW I OO COOL BUYS WHILE THE HiAT'S ON! Retard new car sales have caused a serious overstocked condition in our used cor department. "The Heat N Really On" to move them out. See us today for o grtet deal on newer car of your choice. Every car marked down by at least tfcls week, in an all out effort Jo reduce our inventory. 30 DAY UNCONDITIONAL WARRANTY ON ALL A-l USED CARS AND TRUCKS 'We Gore" Open Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. FORD CORNER M.M. DRIVE and 16th AVE. S. PHONE 328-8861 CONVENIENT 1OW RATE FINANCING AIL ARRANGEMENTS MADE HERE ;