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
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 (1173-126 [...]
from the Buddhist Churches of America: We are happy to announce the launch of a new way to access Buddhist Churches of America news, educational events, community activities, books, videos, and other Buddhist resources. B [...]
Come to MBT's Yard Sale and look for hidden gems! Where: MBT - Front Steps When: MAY 4, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Open to the public date posted: [...]
Come joins us at MBT on May 11 for our annual spring clean up! Of course our custodial staff does a terrific job of day to day maintenance of our temple but each spring we do a "deep cleaning" of the Hondo, class rooms, soc [...]
- view detailed event schedule [here] - Sample artifact MBT will continue to celebrate its 75th anniversary with a special visit from Los Angeles’ Japanese American National Museum (“JANM”). Key museum staff will be in C [...]
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 [...]
July 10, 1944. South Parkway Community Hall. Southside Chicago. Rev. Gyodo Kono holds the very first service. Seventy-five years on, such are the humble beginnings of MBT. It’s easy to hear a milestone like this, remark mome [...]
Our Temple building was built in 1971 and at that time a projector screen was installed in the Social Hall. At first the screen was used to project slide shows and old film movies. More recently we have upgraded some of our [...]
Help us keep the many programs at MBT going by supporting our Annual Pledge Drive.
Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know how to start. This spring we have expanded our Creative Writing workshop offerings. In addition to our Prose and Poetry workshops, we have [...]
2019 Board of Trustees Installation Ceremony Carl Ichikawa, Marcus Moore, Steve Arima, Rich Taura, Joanne Tohei, Rick Morimoto, Alexander Yu, Roger Suekama, Joy Zavala, Albert Sora, Kiku Taura, Rev. Ron Miyamura (above) Rev [...]
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.