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 [...]
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, [...]
Join MBT on the weekend of August 10-12 for our 63nd annual Ginza Holiday Festival. Come for your favorite Ginza offerings: our Chicken Teriyaki and other menu favorites, our exciting stage presentations featuring Taiko, Ma [...]
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 [...]
No-No Boy’s work might best be described as an audiovisual soundtrack of the Asian American experience. This multimedia project of music and archival images, spearheaded by former indie rocker Julian Saporiti and vocalist Eri [...]
Help us keep the many programs at MBT going by supporting our Annual Pledge Drive.
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.