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 April 8 for Hanamatsuri Service commemorating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
MBT's Japanese Cooking class is back by popular demand! MBT members who have extensive culinary knowledge will share some of their favorite Japanese dishes. Recipes and instructions are distributed for each class. And, of cou [...]
All are welcome to a special screening of: PATHS OF THE SOUL May 6 @ 1:00 PM Midwest Buddhist Temple 435 W. Menomonee, Chicago there is no cost to attend the screening however we ask that you reserve a spot by contacting t [...]
Come joins us at MBT on May 12 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, socia [...]
Join us for Family Fun Night on May 19 Family Fun Night (or Katei Night) continues an MBT tradition of gathering the Sangha for an evening of food, fun, and entertainment. Join us on May 19 at MBT starting at 4:00 pm. The su [...]
Meet our new Board members Lisa Doi Marcus Moore Tom Yamaguchi MBT welcomes new Board of Trustee memebers: Lisa Doi, Marcus Moore and Tom Yamaguchi. We look forward to their leadership throughout the year. Click here [...]
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.