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
At year's end MBT traditionally holds two services and everyone is welcome to participate. On New Year's Eve we gather to celebrate the outgoing year with a brief service followed by the "ringing of the Kansho bell". Each par [...]
Say “Hi” and “Happy New Year” to your friends in the MBT Bulletin with a $20 donation per family. DEADLINE: Dec. 16, 2016 It’s that time of year when we invite you to share your New Year’s Greetings with readers of the MBT Bu [...]
Tolerance Rev. Ron Miyamura speaks of “tolerance” in light of recent events following our presidential election. "It seems that some individuals and some groups have made it open game to express hatred and violence. ... And t [...]
You can support MBT through Amazon Smile MBT is now registered with the Amazon Smile program. This means for every purchase you make through smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will make a small donation to MBT! The [...]
Our annual Mochitsuki will be held on December 17 starting at 8:30 am and ending around 1:00 pm. During Mochitsuki our temple's social hall transforms in to a noisy and joyful gathering centered around the tradition of poundi [...]
If you remember “Katei” night dinners at our old temple in the 1960s, raise your hand. For those who weren’t around back then, Katei night was all about enjoying friends, sharing time and having good ol' home-cooked church fo [...]
We have added a new feature to our website - instructional videos of traditional Shin Buddhist Chants. In these videos Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki, of the Buddhist Church of Lodi, chants a series of Sutras that are commonly chanted [...]
Minister's Assistants Seminar On September 22-25 the Center for Buddhist Education (CBE) held the 2016 Minister's Assistant Program (MAP) training session. For the second year the MAP Seminar was held in the Eastern District, [...]
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.