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

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

22sep9:30 am12:30 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:30 pm

22sep1:00 pm3:00 pmJapanese Cinema1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

13oct9:30 am12:30 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:30 pm

27oct9:30 am12:30 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:30 pm

03nov9:30 am12:30 pmCreative Poetry Workshop9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Weekly Services

23sep8:30 am9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am

23sep10:30 am11:30 amOhigan (Fall Equinox)10:30 am - 11:30 am

26sep6:00 pm7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation (Wed)6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thank You

WE THANK YOU Our 63rd Ginza Holiday Festival is over, and we are left with great memories. Three days of perfect weather, and wonderful crowds. Our 100+ volunteers worked as one team to prepare and serve our chicken teriy [...]


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.