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 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 [...]
On Saturday, July 8, the chochin lanterns will hang above our temple parking lot. The cars will be gone, replaced with a ring of chairs, a stage for a taiko drum. And as nighttime falls, we will fill the lot to dance Japane [...]
Often words used during Buddhist services may be difficult to understand and sometimes even misunderstood. As a part of our Buddhist Education offerings, we will hold three classes explaining some of the terminology and conc [...]
Join us on June 17 for Family Fun Night (also known as Katei Night). You and your family will enjoy a spaghetti dinner, play bingo, and be entertained by a magician, Joe Bennett! when: June 17 4pm-8pm where: MBT suggested do [...]
As a teen, you are in a transformation period and transition to the freedom and responsibility of adulthood. There are many new demands, new roles, and changes to experience, including physical, psychological, emotional, soci [...]
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 H [...]
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 [...]
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.