Join us for our 62nd annual Ginza Holiday Festival on August 11-13. Come and enjoy great food, entertainment and cultural exhibits. LEARN MORE
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. LEARN MORE
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
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 [...]
MBT's history is tied to the incarceration and relocation of Japanese Americans in WWII from the history of our temple: Arriving in the United States in 1937, Rev. Gyodo Kono was one of the dynamic issei (first-generation J [...]
Join MBT on the weekend of August 11-13 for our 62nd annual Ginza Holiday Festival. Come for your favorite Ginza offerings: our Chicken Teriyaki and other menu favorites, our exciting stage presentations featuring Taiko, Mar [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.