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

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 ( or phone (312.943.7801)

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