Midwest Buddhist Temple https://mbtchicago.org Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:32:53 +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 Fall Ohigan https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-09162018/ https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-09162018/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:32:53 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20145 Minister's Assistant Melissa Maslanka shares her Dharm [...]

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Minister’s Assistant Melissa Maslanka shares her Dharma message for the Fall Ohigan Service.

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Rev. Ron Miyamura – ‘Where is Amida Buddha?’ https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-09092018/ https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-09092018/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:00:03 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20142 Rev. Ron Miyamura shares his Dharma Message "Where is A [...]

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Rev. Ron Miyamura shares his Dharma Message “Where is Amida Buddha?” for the September Monthly Memorial Service. 

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Rev. Candice Shibata – Family Service https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-08262018/ https://mbtchicago.org/dharma-talk-08262018/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:10:36 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20119 Guest speaker, Rev. Candice Shibata shares her Dharma [...]

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Guest speaker, Rev. Candice Shibata shares her Dharma Message for Family Service.

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Thank You https://mbtchicago.org/ginza-2018-thank-you/ https://mbtchicago.org/ginza-2018-thank-you/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 01:08:13 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20041 WE THANK YOU Our 63rd Ginza Holiday Festival is ove [...]

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WE THANK YOU

Our 63rd Ginza Holiday Festival is over, and we are left with great memories.

Three days of perfect weather, and wonderful crowds. Our 100+ volunteers worked as one team to prepare and serve our chicken teriyaki, sushi and other traditional foods. Performers played to full houses, and visitors crowded the outside vendor booths and indoor bonsai and ikebana exhibits.

We were honored by a visit from Japan Consul General Ito who sampled our food and addressed the audience. Once again the WAZA craftspeople from Japan brought their beautiful goods for sale.

Summer in Chicago offers a multitude of festival and event options, and Ginza weekend is no exception. We are grateful to all who choose to attend our festival and enjoy our unique blend of Japanese traditional and modern crafts, food and entertainment.

We look forward to seeing you again at the 64th Ginza Holiday Festival on August 9, 10 and 11, 2019.

Midwest Buddhist Temple

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Creative Writing 2018 – Fall Workshops https://mbtchicago.org/creative-writing-fall-2018/ https://mbtchicago.org/creative-writing-fall-2018/#respond Sun, 26 Aug 2018 21:29:10 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20091 Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve [...]

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Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know how to start.

Creative Writing Workshops

Saturdays, September 8 and 22, October 13 and 27

The first set of 4 creative writing workshops will be based on the Riksha Workshop method, using reading, recall, exercises, visualization and writing. Anyone high school age or above, who would like to work on fully seeing and telling a story can participate.  These workshops can help jumpstart the process.  Maybe you’ve got a story in your head that you’ve been dying to tell. Maybe you’ve got a story, novel, play, script or screenplay you’d like to jumpstart. Come with a scene in mind. Leave with something on paper you can use to write the rest of the story, as well as a method for seeing and writing more.

About the Creative Writing Workshop Leader

Eduardo Cruz Eusebio is a former publisher-editor of magazines and newspapers. He has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College where he also taught fiction writing and small press publishing.  Over the years, he has mentored successful publishers and writers, and is an award-winning fiction writer with publications in literary journals and magazines. The Chicago Reader in their annual fiction edition published his award-winning short story “Disappear”.

Poetry Session

Saturday, November 3

The fifth session will be lead by Lani T. Montreal and will explore poetry through readings, discussion and writing.

About the Poetry Session Leader

Lani T. Montreal is a Filipina educator, writer, performer, and community activist based in Chicago. Her poems have been featured in journals and anthologies (among them, Rattle, Bloodstone, Garland Court Review, Love Gathers All, Pinoy Poetics, Hay(Na)Ku 15, and MiPoesias) and Finishing Line Press is publishing her very first poetry collection, FANBOYS: Poems about Teaching and Learning, in Fall 2018. Lani writes poetry to create her home in the diaspora. She is the recipient of the 2015 3Arts Djerassi Residency for Playwriting, 2008 3Arts Ragdale Residency, the 2001 Samuel Ostrowsky Award for her memoir “Summer Rain,” and the 1995 JVO Philippine Award for Excellence in Journalism for her environmental expose “Poison in the River.” She is also a 2017 alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Writers’ Workshop and a 2018 alumna of the Poetry Foundation Summer Teachers Institute. A former journalist in the Philippines, Montreal currently teaches writing at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and writes a blog called “Fil-in-the-gap” (filinthegap.com). She lives and loves in Albany Park with her multi-species, multi-cultural family.

Details

When: Saturdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm

  • Creative Writing Workshops – Saturdays, September 8 / 22, October 13 / 27
  • Poetry Session – Saturday, November 3

Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple

Suggested Donation:

  • For all five sessions – $30 for MBT members / $40 for the general public
  • For Creative Writing only (four sessions) – $25 for MBT members / $30 for the general public
  • For individual sessions – $10 per session with reservation subject to available seats

Reservations are required to ensure a maximum class size of 10

Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Alex Yu to reserve your spot:

creative.writing@mbtchicago.org 

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Midwest Buddhist Temple will host the 2018 Autumn Mind/Body Seminar on Saturday September 15, 2018. Registration will begin at 9:00 am and the program will finish at 1:30 pm.

The guest teacher for this seminar is Young Klessig, a retired nurse practitioner from Stroger Hospital and long time community teacher of Qi Gong. Qi Gong is a Chinese system of healing and balance based on moving energy or Qi through the body in order to promote improved health and wellbeing. It consists of simple movements combined with mindful awareness and breathing.

The seminar will also feature a gentle yoga class and a meditation class (bring a Yoga mat if you wish or the Temple has some that can be borrowed). Refreshments will be served during two breaks scheduled in the program.

Seminar Information

When: September 15, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where Midwest Buddhist Temple
Suggested Donation: Temple Member $10, general public $15, students $10
Note: Refreshments will be served during two breaks in the schedule
Registration: Contact the MBT office to register: email office@mbtchicago.org or call 312 943 7801

Seminar Schedule

9:00 am Registration and Welcome
9:30 am Yoga led by Susan Gilkey
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Qi Gong shared by Young Klessis
12:15 pm Break
12:30 pm Meditation led by Susan Gilkey

About session leaders:

Young Klessig – Qi Gong
Young Klessig is a retired nurse practitioner who worked many years at Stroger Hospital in various outpatient clinics. She has practiced Qi Gong for many years. It was very meaningful for her to learn Qi Gong at a time of personal strain and fatigue due to the challenges of balancing the demands of a young family and the time and emotional requirements of her work. Qi Gong became a lifelong practice for Young. She teaches weekly in two locations in the Chicago community. One of the classes is at Weiss Memorial Hospital in their community health outreach program.

Dr. Susan Gilkey – Yoga Movement & Zen Shin Meditations
Susan Gilkey is a retired physician. During her career she worked as a diagnostic radiologist at Cook County Hospital. She has been practicing yoga for 43 years and teaching for 16 years. Yoga is an ancient Indian system of health using movement, breathing, meditation and philosophy). Susan is also a Minister’s Assistant at Midwest Buddhist Temple. Susan teaches yoga in various community locations including Evanston and Cook County Jail. Susan facilitates Zen Shin Meditation sessions at Midwest Buddhist Temple at 8:30am Sunday and 6pm Wednesday. She has coordinated the Mind Body Seminars since Rev. Ogui’s departure in 2004.

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Japanese Cinema at MBT – September 22 https://mbtchicago.org/japanese-cinema-at-mbt-sep-22/ https://mbtchicago.org/japanese-cinema-at-mbt-sep-22/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:20:21 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=19024 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: Seven Samurai (w/subtitles)

Where: MBT Social Hall
When: Sep 22, 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 “Seven Samurai”

One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire seven out-of-work warriors to protect them from invading bandits.

This three-hour ride-featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action into a rich, evocative and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

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(UPDATE: Get Tickets by clicking this link) No-No Boy’s work might best be described as an audiovisual soundtrack of the Asian American experience. This multimedia project of music and archival images, spearheaded by former indie rocker Julian Saporiti and vocalist Erin Aoyama, takes us on a journey to the stories of our parents, our ancestors and ourselves in ways that we haven’t yet experienced.

The two Brown University doctoral students busk their way through the minefields of personal and community history armed with scholarship and creativity to carry forward the discussion around loss, resilience and identity.

And they’ll be bringing all of this to MBT for a performance with Ho Etsu Taiko on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Saporiti’s use of folk music reflects his Nashville upbringing and creates nostalgia for a history that feels familiar yet is deeply personal, complicated and undiscovered by many. Drawing from extensive scholarship, interviews and their own family histories of Japanese American internment, Vietnam War displacement and identity, Saporiti and Aoyama draw the listener in, create a space where Asian American stories are shared and make connections to issues of today that resonate far beyond the Asian American community.

No-No Boy brings expansive global history into a human scale, often focusing on an individual’s story to communicate a broader, sweeping narrative. In the song “Boat People,” Saporiti sentimentally alludes to his own family’s refugee saga from Vietnam to the west and appeals for action in dealing with today’s refugee crisis. Meanwhile, in “Two Candles Dancing in the Dark,” the duo captures the discrete intimacy of an internment camp romance while underscoring the injustice of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

There is also recognition that history is complicated. In their work, No-No Boy commemorates the Japanese Americans that served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II as well as those who refused to serve while their families remained incarcerated behind barbed wire.

The current political climate that propagates the persecution of “the other” has brought about a renewed urgency to ensure these stories of incarceration are remembered so mistakes aren’t repeated.

The No-No Boy Sept. 29 performance at MBT will start at 7 pm. Tickets are available through Eventbrite (click here) ore contact the MBT office at office@mbtchicago.org or 312 943 7801

For more information on No-No Boy: (website).

Viewer Discretion Advisory: Performance content deals with difficult historical subject matter and may be disturbing to younger or more sensitive attendees.

– Alex Yu

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Autumn Hues Concert – Oct 18 https://mbtchicago.org/autumn-hues/ https://mbtchicago.org/autumn-hues/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 02:24:56 +0000 https://mbtchicago.org/?p=20099 AUTUMN HUES MUSICAL STYLINGS FROM TOKYO, LOS ANGELES [...]

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AUTUMN HUES

MUSICAL STYLINGS FROM TOKYO, LOS ANGELES AND CHICAGO

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 18th, 2018

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

 

MIDWEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE

435 W MENOMONEE

CHICAGO IL 60614

 

TICKETS $15 ($10 for MBT MEMBERS)

Click to learn more and reserve tickets

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower

Whether it’s kōyō in Japan or leaf peeping in Wisconsin, we all know the pleasure of watching autumn leaves turn red.

For taiko enthusiasts, we also know the universal joy of hearing the drums, and knowing that each drum beat brings us together across a global taiko community, a community that grows closer each time we play.

This year, we invite you to Autumn Hues, a joint concert featuring Shogo Yoshii, Shoji Kameda, and Ho Etsu Taiko. Uniting musical inspiration from Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Autumn Hues creates connections through creativity and celebrates the turning of another cycle.

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Legacy Garden Update 2018 https://mbtchicago.org/legacy-garden-2018/ https://mbtchicago.org/legacy-garden-2018/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 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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