The Midwest Buddhist Temple is honored to host the 2017 Eastern Buddhist League Conference on September 1-3. We welcome all Eastern District members! LEARN MORE
Our temple, affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America and the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto, Japan, follows the teachings of the Jodo Shinshu, or The Pure Land School. LEARN MORE
Join us at our Sunday services and recite the Nembutsu to become one with Amida Buddha and transcend the petty selfishness of the individual. LEARN MORE
Meet some of the faces you might see when you visit the Midwest Buddhist Temple by watching our short video "We Are MBT." Like them, you, too, are MBT. LEARN MORE
Bring your children to learn the basics of Buddhism and how life experiences and our religion relate. LEARN MORE
Visit our MBT Legacy Garden, which honors the Japanese-Americans who founded the temple in 1944 after their release from the U.S. internment camps of World War II. LEARN MORE
What’s happening at MBT
The Midwest Buddhist Temple is a temple of the Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism, with roots in the Pure Land Buddhist tradition. Jodo Shinshu, also referred to as Shin Buddhism, was founded in Japan by Shinran Shonin (1173-12 [...]
Our thanks to all who made our 62nd Ginza Holiday Festival a resounding success. We had beautiful weather and a record turnout. Many thanks to our guests, entertainers, and exhibitors - you made it a special weekend. We hope [...]
NORTH AMERICAN BUDDHISM: A PATH FORWARD REGISTER NOW FOR THE EBL CONFERENCE! MBT is proud to host the 2017 EBL Conference on September 1-3. Our theme is: "North American Buddhism: A Path Forward" and it promises to generate [...]
Saturday Afternoon at the Japanese Cinema is a monthly event showcasing Japanese movies. The movie and snacks are free courtesy of the MBT Sangha (temple members). Movies are shown each month except when the temple's Social [...]
MBT's history is tied to the incarceration and relocation of Japanese Americans in WWII from the history of our temple: Arriving in the United States in 1937, Rev. Gyodo Kono was one of the dynamic issei (first-generation J [...]
From Japanese housewares, kitchen items and crystal glasses to electronics, toys and artwork, there is always something for everyone at the annual MBT Yard Sale. This year our Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 16. The [...]
Thank you for visiting the Midwest Buddhist Temple website. Whether you are just beginning on your journey seeking knowledge about Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism or you have long been a friend of the Midwest Buddhist Temple, we hope that you find the site to be an engaging, informative resource. That is our goal.
We are grateful for the support of our Sangha (the temple members), many of whom contributed thoughtful suggestions, articles and photography. We are also grateful to the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), with which our temple is affiliated and from whose publications we have drawn.