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
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 [...]
Family Service Hanamatsuri Bon Odori Ginza Holiday Shinnen Enkai Legacy Garden Dear Members and Friends: We thank you for your participation in our temple activities (a few are displayed above). It [...]
Coinciding with the neighboring Old Town Art Fair every June, MBT’s Used Book Sale attracts hundreds of passersby and serious book-lovers with tables filled with books, CDs, records, and this year we have vintage baseball ca [...]
Threading the Narrative of (Re)locationJoin us at MBT on May 13 for a community quilting circle and cross-cultural dialogue with artists Sarah Nishiura, Dorothy Straughter, and others. We will share stories about the Japanese [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.