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 on July 7 for the Bon Odori festival - follow this link to learn more about this wonderful tradition. 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 [...]
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 H [...]
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 [...]
On Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 pm in the temple parking lot, 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, [...]
Help us keep the many programs at MBT going by supporting our Annual Pledge Drive.
Donate your old books, CDs or DVDs for our annual Book Sale on June 9-10 If you have any books, CDs or DVDs you would like to donate, please bring them to MBT. Our Used Book Sale is on June 9-10 and your donations will help [...]
EBL CONFERENCE AUG 31 - SEP 2 HOSTED BY TORONTO BUDDHIST CHURCH Special note from the Toronto Buddhist Church to MBT Members: We are delighted to invite you to attend the 2018 Eastern Buddhist League Conference hosted by th [...]
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.