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 (1173-1262). It was Shinran Shonin who made Buddhist teachings accessible to people [...]
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 WorkshopsSaturdays, March 4 and 11, April 8 and 22.The first [...]
Rev. Ron Miyamura conducts his "Basics of Buddhism" class with an introduction to Japanese Shin (Jodo Shinshu) Buddhism. Rev. Ron will survey the history of Buddhism in ancient India though it's development as a path of salvation for everyone and the popularization of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan. Classes are [...]
The Executive Order signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017 has been causing serious concerns and suffering for many people, especially Muslims and immigrants. It has brought back memories of the unlawful mass incarceration of Japanese Americans [...]
MBT recognized Jeanne Toguri at the Annual General Meeting for her many years of outstanding service to the Temple. As President of the MBT Women’s Association, Jeanne deploys the many volunteers who prepare the ‘Otoki’ lunches that are served after special services and organizes [...]
MBT Welcomes new Board of Trustee members Jason Matsumoto and Andrew Park.
We thank you for your participation in our temple activities (a few are displayed above). It is through generous donors like you that we are able to continue these programs [...]
Kazuko Golden, producer of “A Song For Manzanar,” joins Jason Matsumoto, left, and Eugene Park, producers of "The Orange Story." A trilogy of films relating to the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II made its Chicago premiere before a diverse crowd of 300 gathered at the [...]
Is there something about Shin Buddhism or our temple that you’ve been wondering about and would love to have some one-on-one time with Rev. Ron Miyamura to ask him? Now you can by following his blog: Ask Rev. Ron. Each month on this page we'll post Rev. Ron's answers [...]
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.