The Midwest Buddhist Temple is honored to host the 2017 Eastern Buddhist League Conference on September 1-3. We welcome all Eastern District members! 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 upcoming Fall Mind/Body seminar will celebrate Rev. Koshin Ogui; who began these seminars many years ago. Rev. Ogui will be visiting Midwest Buddhist Temple that weekend for the last time before his retirement. He was ou [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
On Saturday, July 8, the chochin lanterns will hang above our temple parking lot. The cars will be gone, replaced with a ring of chairs, a stage for a taiko drum. And as nighttime falls, we will fill the lot to dance Japane [...]
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.