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 [...]
AN INTRODUCTION TO SHIN BUDDHISM OR RETURNING SCHOLARS Rev. Ron Miyamura will conduct his popular and informative classes on Buddhism with a focus on Shin Buddhism. Classes will be held on successive Wednesdays - March 13, 2 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
AMERICAN SUTRA - March 1 discussion and book launch FRIDAY MARCH 1 USC professor Duncan Ryukan Williams, who is also a Soto Zen priest and author of the upcoming book “American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Sec [...]
BAKE SALE - SUNDAY, MARCH 3 On Sunday March 3, right after Family Service we will hold a Bake Sale to raise funds for our Sangha’s various community service projects benefiting the homeless. Please come to Family Service on [...]
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.