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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

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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

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Meet some of the faces you might see when you visit the Midwest Buddhist Temple by watching our short video "We Are MBT." Like them, you, too, are MBT. WATCH OUR VIDEO

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Bring your children to learn the basics of Buddhism and how life experiences and our religion relate. LEARN MORE

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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

26oct7:15 pm- 8:15 pmTannisho - Beginners Course7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
2nov7:15 pm- 8:15 pmTannisho - Beginners Course7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
5nov9:30 am- 12:00 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:00 pm
6nov10:30 am- 11:30 amNovember Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
9nov7:15 pm- 8:15 pmTannisho - Beginners Course7:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Weekly Services

26oct6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation (Wed)6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
30oct8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
30oct10:30 am- 11:30 amSunday Family Service10:30 am - 11:30 am

What kind of temple are we?

The Midwest Buddhist Temple is a temple of the Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism, with roots in the Pure Land Buddhist tradition. Jodo Shinshu, also referred to as Shin Buddhism, was founded in Japan by Shinran Shonin (1173-1262). It was Shinran Shonin who made Buddhist teachings accessible to people of all walks of life—in […]

Creative Writing – Fall Workshops

Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know how to start. This fall we’ll have our usual 4 writing sessions and we are adding a 5th session on poetry.

Creative Writing Workshops – October 8, 15 & 22, November 5
For our workshops, anyone high school age or above, who would […]

Tea Ceremony – October 23

For those interested in a bit of Japanese culture, we will have a traditional Tea Ceremony on October 23 – just after Family Service.

Joyce Kubose and Brian Rous will perform the ceremony and it will take place either outside if weather permits or inside on the stage. Tea and sweets will be served […]

“Tannisho” Classes (Beginners Course)

Tannisho is considered to be one of the most influential books about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Written by Yuein-bo, a faithful disciple of Shinran Shonin, it chronicles their conversations during the emergence of Buddhism in Japan. This book has long been studied by Jodo Shinshu scholars for insights into the thoughts of Shinran Shonin.

The Midwest […]

2016 Minister’s Assistants Seminar

Minister’s Assistants Seminar
On September 22-25 the Center for Buddhist Education (CBE) held the 2016 Minister’s Assistant Program (MAP) training session. For the second year the MAP Seminar was held in the Eastern District, this time hosted by the Midwest Buddhist Temple. Rev. Marvin Harada, Co-Director of the CBE, led the program with Rev. Henry […]

2016 EBL Wrap-Up

The 2016 Eastern Buddhist League conference “Come As You Are” was held at the Seabrook Buddhist Temple in New Jersey over Labor Day weekend.

The Buddhist church was formed in the winter of 1945, with about 500 families of Japanese ancestry (more than 2,500 people) who lived and worked at Seabrook Farms, a large food […]

Help Make MBT a Welcoming Place!

Make MBT a Welcoming Place
Attendees to Sunday services are seeing a new feature in the Social Hall. A table with the sign “Welcome–Meet Me” has appeared, welcoming members and visitors to sit and get to know each other.

The story of how this began

Last March, the 2016 National Council Meeting of the BCA (Buddhist Churches […]

Family Fun Night (Katei Night) – October 15

Come join us at “Family Fun Night” on October 15!

On October 15 we’ll gather for an evening of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. Long-time MBT members of a certain age may remember “Katei Nights” where temple families would gather for pot-luck dinners, games and entertainment for the kids. On October 15 […]

Read the latest “Ask Rev. Ron”

Follow Rev. Ron’s monthly Blog!

Each month Rev. Ron answers questions about Buddhism or our Temple and by visiting Ask Rev. Ron you’ll find all of Rev. Ron’s answers and even a place to submit your own questions. You can always find the link to […]



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.