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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

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

4mar9:30 am- 12:00 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:00 pm
5mar10:30 am- 11:30 amMarch Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
11mar9:30 am- 12:00 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:00 pm
12mar12:00 pm- 2:30 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
19mar10:30 am- 11:30 amOhigan (Spring Equinox)10:30 am - 11:30 am

Weekly Services

1mar6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation (Wed)6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
5mar8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
5mar10:30 am- 11:30 amMarch Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am

What kind of temple are we?

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 [...]

Ask Reverend Ron

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 [...]

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Acknowledgements

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.