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
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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 [...]
Documentary - Saving Mes Aynak As part of MBT's "Engaged Buddhism" discussion series we will screen the documentary Saving Mes Aynak. Reverend Miyamura will introduce the film and moderate a discussion afterwards. All are wel [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 salv [...]
Reverend Kodo Umezu 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 [...]
MBT President Kiku Taura (left) and Jeanne Toguri 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 depl [...]
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.