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 (1173-12 [...]
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 [...]
Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know how to start. Creative Writing Workshops Saturdays, September 8 and 22, October 13 and 27 The first set of 4 creative writing workshops [...]
Midwest Buddhist Temple will host the 2018 Autumn Mind/Body Seminar on Saturday September 15, 2018. Registration will begin at 9:00 am and the program will finish at 1:30 pm. The guest teacher for this seminar is Young Kless [...]
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 [...]
(UPDATE: Get Tickets by clicking this link) 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 i [...]
AUTUMN HUES MUSICAL STYLINGS FROM TOKYO, LOS ANGELES AND CHICAGO THURSDAY OCTOBER 18th, 2018 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM MIDWEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE 435 W MENOMONEE CHICAGO IL 60614 TICKETS $15 ($10 for MBT MEMBERS) [...]
It has been four years since the dedication of our Legacy Garden and we have just posted an update. Please visit our refreshed Legacy Garden page to see the latest photos and learn how we maintain this beautiful addition to [...]
Over the next months you will see us phasing out our supply of styrofoam coffee cups, plastic drink cups and other non-environmentally friendly items. We are also committed to purchasing ‘green’ supplies for our Ginza Holiday [...]
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.