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. WATCH OUR VIDEO
Bring your children to learn the basics of Buddhism and how life experiences and our religion relate. 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 [...]
NORTH AMERICAN BUDDHISM: A PATH FORWARD 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 meaningful discussion and ideas. We [...]
MBT welcomes EBL delegates to Chicago So you already know that MBT is hosting this year's EBL Conference on September 1-3. That means we'll be hosting out-of-town guests to our temple and we are excited to show off our great [...]
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 [...]
Threading the Narrative of (Re)locationJoin us at MBT on May 13 for a community quilting circle and cross-cultural dialogue with artists Sarah Nishiura, Dorothy Straughter, and others. We will share stories about the Japanese [...]
What is "Engaged Buddhism" Shin Buddhists are, by nature, "engaged" in our society - we are not living apart from the world by being in a monastery. So the question is how we the Sangha (members) should be involved in our phy [...]
Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know how to start. This spring we'll have our usual 4 writing sessions and we are adding a 5th session on poetry. Creative Writing WorkshopsS [...]
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.