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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
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
MIDWEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE CURRENT STATUS Latest information as of April 23, 2020 As of 4/23 In accordance with Illinois Government mandates regarding "shelter in place" guidelines the MBT building remains closed with all in [...]
On March 12, 2020 the Midwest Buddhist Temple announced that it was suspending all public services and activities until further notice. As we update our status we will post the most current information (click for the lates [...]
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 [...]
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Zen Shin meditation is a unique Buddhist practice established by Rev. Koshin Ogui , a former resident minister at MBT and also former bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America. Zen Shin combines Shin Buddhism’s awareness of [...]
July 10, 1944. South Parkway Community Hall. Southside Chicago. Rev. Gyodo Kono holds the very first service of a small congregation of Jodo Shinshu Japanese American 'resettlers'. Seventy-five years ago such were the humb [...]
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.