The Midwest Buddhist Temple is part of the Eastern District of the Buddhist Churches of America, headquartered in San Francisco. The Buddhist Churches of America is one of the Overseas Districts of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji, headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.
The Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji is one of 10 subsects of Jodo Shinshu (Shin) Buddhism , which was started by the descendants and followers of Shinran Shonin (1173-1263). Shinran Shonin revolutionized Buddhism by bringing the religion down from the mountaintop monasteries and making Buddhism available for ordinary people.
Shin Buddhism is a practice of Pure Land Buddhism within the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism (a form of Buddhism that spread from India to China, Mongolia, Tibet, Korea and Japan).