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
Virtual Bon Odori - July 11 Virtual Obon/Hatsubon Service - July 12 VIRTUAL BON ODORI Saturday July 11 @ 7:30 pm Join us on Zoom, from the comfort and safety of your home, for a fun evening of traditional Obon dances. W [...]
MIDWEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE CURRENT STATUS Latest information as of June 27, 2020 As of 6/27 MBT will continue Sunday Services through July and August in the “Online Only” format. Rev. Miyamura’s weekly services can be viewed l [...]
Midwest Buddhist Temple echoes the clear statement issued by our parent organization, Buddhist Churches of America, in condemnation of the recent killings of African-Americans and in the call for an end to the systemic raci [...]
In March 2020, Rev. Ron Miyamura began live-streaming his weekly Service on MBT's FaceBook page. Now those interested in weekly Dharma Messages from MBT have two options: the original Podcast format or the new video live-s [...]
This year our two summer festivals, BON ODORI and GINZA HOLIDAY will NOT take place as “in-person” events. Sadly we will not gather for Obon dancing or to enjoy the atmosphere and food at Ginza. We are, however, busy plann [...]
You can support MBT through Amazon Smile In this time when more people are shopping online we want to remind you that MBT can benefit when you shop through the Amazon Smile program. MBT is registered with the Amazon Smile [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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.