Join us on July 13 for our annual Bon Odori festival where everyone joins in on the dancing. We even hold practice sessions in the weeks leading up to Bon Odori. LEARN MORE about this tradition that dates back 1500 years.
BON ODORI - JULY 13
On August 9-11 MBT will present our 64th Ginza Holiday Festival. We hope you will join us for some wonderful entertainment, cultural exhibits and delicious food! For more information visit our Ginza Holiday website.
GINZA HOLIDAY AUG 9-11
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
Often words used during Buddhist services may be difficult to understand and sometimes even misunderstood. As a part of our Buddhist Education offerings, we will hold four classes explaining some of the terminology and concep [...]
Saturday 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 [...]
Join us for Family Fun Night on June 15 Family Fun Night (or Katei Night) continues an MBT tradition of gathering the Sangha for an evening of food, fun, and entertainment. Join us on June 15 at MBT starting at 4:00 pm. The s [...]
Coinciding with the neighboring Old Town Art Fair every June, MBT’s Used Book Sale attracts hundreds of passersby and serious book-lovers with tables filled with books, CDs, records, and this year we have vintage baseball ca [...]
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 [...]
- view detailed event schedule [here] - Sample artifact MBT will continue to celebrate its 75th anniversary with a special visit from Los Angeles’ Japanese American National Museum (“JANM”). Key museum staff will be in C [...]
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 [...]
Come joins us at MBT on May 11 for our annual spring clean up! Of course our custodial staff does a terrific job of day to day maintenance of our temple but each spring we do a "deep cleaning" of the Hondo, class rooms, soc [...]
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.