MIDWEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE
CURRENT STATUS

Latest information as of July 14, 2020

As of 7/14 MBT will continue Sunday Services through July and August in the “Online Only” format. Rev. Miyamura’s weekly services can be viewed live on Rev. Ron’s Facebook page (or any time after – more info).

As a reminder you can still contact our office by phone 312.943.7801 or email office@mbtchicago.org. For those facing life changes such as the illness or passing of a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

GINZA HOLIDAY goes VIRTUAL! Sadly we will not be able to physically gather to enjoy the atmosphere and food at Ginza. We are, however, busy planning exciting a “virtual” alternative (more to come). 

Status of MBT Activities:

“Virtual” Activities:

    • Sunday Family Services – Online Only
    • Ginza Holiday – virtual event is being planned – ginzaholiday.com
    • Dharma School – Online Only as scheduled by DS Instructors
    • Zen Shin Meditation – Eli Brown leads a meditation session every Sunday at 9:30 am Central. To join, just send your email address to office@mbtchicago.org and we’ll send you a link to register.

Cancelled Activities:

    • Japanese Cinema
    • New Life for Old Bags
    • Yard Sale
    • Used Book Sale
    • Group Activities

AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM
MIDWEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE

Suspension of Services and Activities due to COVID-19 virus prevention measures

Dear Members and Friends:

We have made the difficult decision to suspend all services and activities at MBT with immediate effect and until further notice. With COVID-19 now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, and with the spread of the virus impacting all aspects of life globally and here at home, we take this decision with everyone’s health and safety at heart.

All scheduled activities are immediately cancelled including Japanese Cinema, Zen Shin Meditation on Wednesdays and Sundays, Sunday Dharma School, and “in-person” Family Service. We will limit entry to MBT premises to critical personnel, including Resident Minister Rev. Ron Miyamura and Office Manager Jesse Zavala, who will be on hand to answer calls and questions.

For anyone facing life changes such as the illness or passing of a loved one, please contact the office or Rev Miyamura who will assist with arrangements.

Although our temple remains physically closed Rev. Miyamura continues to deliver weekly Dharma Talks “virtually”. Follow this link (online services) for information about Rev. Ron’s weekly Podcast and now his Live Streaming talks on our Facebook page.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you updated of any changes. Decisions to reopen the Temple will be based on global and local guidelines that advise it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we hope all of you remain safe and healthy.

In Gassho,
Midwest Buddhist Temple