Midwest Buddhist Temple https://mbtchicago.org Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:32:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Midwest Buddhist Temple Midwest Buddhist Temple jerry.matsumoto@gmail.com jerry.matsumoto@gmail.com (Midwest Buddhist Temple) Copyright © Midwest Buddhist Temple 2015 Midwest Buddhist Temple http://www.mbtchicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/midwest-logo.jpg https://mbtchicago.org Japanese Cinema at MBT – November 17 https://mbtchicago.org/japanese-cinema-nov-17/ https://mbtchicago.org/japanese-cinema-nov-17/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:01:31 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20190 Saturday Afternoon at the Japanese Cinema is a monthly [...]

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Japanese-Cinema-Icon-2Saturday 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 Hall is scheduled for other activity – so please check our website or call the temple to confirm the date – 312.943.7801.

The featured movie this month is: Aoki Okami: Sword of Truth (The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea) with english subtitles

Where: MBT Social Hall
When: November 17, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Suggested Donation: The movie and snacks are free!
Register: Please RSVP so we’ll know how many chairs to set up (email: office@mbtchicago.org or phone: 312.943.7801)

About this movie 

The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea is a joint production with Japan and Mongolia about the life of historical Mongolian hero; Genghis Khan. From his birth to conquests of Asia, Blue Wolf details both the Khan’s brave military exploits, his ruthless political machinations, and the personal episodes that shape his life; his friendship and eventual rivalry with Jumuqa, his courtship of tribal princess Bolte, and his obsession with origin and lineage.

“A very good movie about Temujiin’s early life and how he became Genghis Khan, leader of all Mongol tribes. The acting was simply good, the costumes worn seemed very realistic and combined with spherical shots of the Mongolian steppes makes that you really get sucked into the story and the world in which it takes place. Battle scenes were also abundant and realistic, showing the mounted warfare of past times.” Review from imdb.

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Special Workshops: NATTO and Japanese Knife Sharpening https://mbtchicago.org/natto-japanese-knife-sharpening/ https://mbtchicago.org/natto-japanese-knife-sharpening/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:41:37 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20155 The Midwest Buddhist Temple is thrilled to have Eien H [...]

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The Midwest Buddhist Temple is thrilled to have Eien Hunter-Ishikawa conduct two Japanese cultural workshops: Japanese Knife Sharpening skills and a demonstration of Natto (fermented soy – considered a “superfood” in Japan). Eien is musician, composer, educator, blogger and an expert in the realm of Japanese fermented foods. Visit Eien’s webpage, Natto Time, to learn more about his Natto workshop and his many other interests.

The workshops will take place on December 1 for Japanese Knife Sharpening and December 2 for the Natto Demonstration. See below for times and tickets.

Japanese Knife-Sharpening Workshop Saturday
December 1st – 2 classes
10am (this class is full) or 1pm (this class is open)
Cost: $45 per person (includes water stone)

Tickets available in Office
(e) office@mbtchicago.org (p) 312 943 7801

In this workshop, Eien will teach the basics of Japanese knife sharpening on water stones. Japanese knife culture is distinct in several ways – the blade is sharper and thinner, sharpening is done on stones, and all chefs sharpen their own knives to complement their individual cutting style. With this introduction of a few techniques, everyone will be able to sharpen their own knives and feel the joy of cooking with a sharp blade.

NATTO Demonstration
Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 Members / $10 Non-Members

Tickets available in Office
(e) office@mbtchicago.org (p) 312 943 7801

Eien will talk about natto, the fascinating, delicious, and nutritious fermented soybeans from Japan. The demo will include samples of fresh natto and offer ideas for traditional and non-traditional preparations. In Japan, natto is highly regarded as a ‘superfood’ with many health benefits including cardiovascular health, brain function, bone and teeth strength, and improved diges-tive system. Because all natto imported into the United States is frozen, this is a very rare opportunity to taste fresh, organic natto, whether you consider yourself a fan or not yet.

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Mochitsuki on December 16 https://mbtchicago.org/mochitsuki-december-15/ https://mbtchicago.org/mochitsuki-december-15/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 22:07:40 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20218 Our annual Mochitsuki will be held on December 15 star [...]

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6 2014-7068Our annual Mochitsuki will be held on December 15 starting at 8:30 am and ending around 1:00 pm. During Mochitsuki our temple’s social hall transforms in to a noisy and joyful gathering centered around the tradition of pounding rice and making small cakes filled with sweetened azuki beans. The Japanese tradition of Mochitsuki was started many generations ago as a post-harvest celebration and it continues today as a social event that connects us to our past.

To make mochi,  teams of hearty volunteers take turns pounding rice with wooden mallets in an ever accelerating pace until the rice becomes smooth. Other volunteers form the finished mochi into small disks that are either left plain or filled with sweetened azuki beans. Either way, fresh mochi is a delicious treat. To learn more about this tradition visit our Mochitsuki page.

Everyone is welcome to join in this tradition and don’t worry, many volunteers will be available to show you how to make mochi. We hope to see you at Mochistuki!

Where: MBT Social Hall
When: December 15, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Register: There is no cost (unless you wish to purchase some mochi to take home) and no registration. If you have questions contact the temple office at office@mbtchicago.org or call 312.943.7801.

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Rev. Ron Miyamura – Sunday Family Service https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-11112018/ https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-11112018/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 19:41:18 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20208 Rev. Ron Miyamura shares his Dharma Message for Sunday [...]

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Rev. Ron Miyamura shares his Dharma Message for Sunday Family Service. 

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Services https://mbtchicago.org/new-years-eve-and-new-years-day-services/ https://mbtchicago.org/new-years-eve-and-new-years-day-services/#respond Sat, 10 Nov 2018 19:47:42 +0000 http://www.mbtchicago.org/?p=15799 At year's end MBT traditionally holds two services and [...]

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New-Years-IconAt year’s end MBT traditionally holds two services and everyone is welcome to participate.

On New Year’s Eve we gather to celebrate the outgoing year with a brief service followed by the “ringing of the Kansho bell”. Each participant will take a turn ringing the Kansho (the large bell just outside the temple door) until the bell has been rung 108 times (in a symbolic act to rid us of the 108 human passions). After service everyone will enjoy a hot bowl of soba (buckwheat noodles). We’ll start the service at 7:30 pm.

Then on New Year’s Day we’ll gather again to welcome the new year with Shu-sho-e (New Year’s Day Service). Join us in bringing in the New Year with a renewed appreciation for the spiritual guidance of the Three Treasures (the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha). After service Ozoni will be served. Ozoni is a traditional soup featuring fresh mochi. This service will begin at 10:30 am.

All are welcome to participate in either service – we only ask that you let us know you’re attending so we’ll know how much food to prepare. We hope to see you on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day!

Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple
When:

New Year’s Eve: Dec 31, 7:30 pm
New Year’s Day: Jan 1, 10:30 am

Registration: All are welcome – please let us know you are attending either via email (office@mbtchicago.org) or phone (312.943.7801)

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Rev. Ron Miyamura – November Memorial Service https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-11042018/ https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-11042018/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 16:51:37 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20205 Rev. Ron Miyamura, for this Monthly Memorial Service, s [...]

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Rev. Ron Miyamura, for this Monthly Memorial Service, shares his thoughts about his recent attendance at the Parliament of World Religions held in Toronto.

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Guest Speaker: Professor Sarah Jacoby https://mbtchicago.org/professor-sarah-jacoby-oct2018/ https://mbtchicago.org/professor-sarah-jacoby-oct2018/#respond Sun, 28 Oct 2018 16:56:53 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20200 Sarah Jacoby, Associate Professor of Religion at North [...]

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Sarah Jacoby, Associate Professor of Religion at Northwester University, shares a message at our Sunday Family Service. Rev. Miyamura provides an introduction for Dr. Jacoby.

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Minister’s Assistant Todd Tsuchiya https://mbtchicago.org/ministerial-assistant-todd-tsuchiya-102018/ https://mbtchicago.org/ministerial-assistant-todd-tsuchiya-102018/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:11:24 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20185 Minister's Assistant Todd Tsuchiya, of Minneapolis, sh [...]

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Minister’s Assistant Todd Tsuchiya, of Minneapolis, shares his Dharma Message about “what we can learn from our pets”.

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Legacy Garden Update 2018 https://mbtchicago.org/legacy-garden-2018/ https://mbtchicago.org/legacy-garden-2018/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:17:06 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=19996 It has been four years since the dedication of our Leg [...]

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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 the temple.

To share this with your friends and family you can use the url: https://mbtchicago.org/garden

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MBT Going ‘Green’ https://mbtchicago.org/mbt-going-green/ https://mbtchicago.org/mbt-going-green/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:04:05 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=19885 Over the next months you will see us phasing out our su [...]

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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 Festival, which will increase the cost of supplies but will be consistent with our wish to protect the environment. Like Starbucks, we are also eliminating the use of plastic straws.

To those who have kindly donated supplies in the past, please avoid donating items made of plastic and styrofoam.

You can do your part by bringing your own coffee/tea thermos, cold drink container and reuseable eco bags. Fill them up with MBT’s drinks and snacks, and help us help our planet!

REDUCE · REUSE · RECYCLE

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