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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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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. 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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In April we celebrate Hanamatsuri commemorating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. A special alter, Hanamido, is decorated with flowers surrounding an image of the infant Buddha. Hanamatsuri service is on April 12. LEARN MORE

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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

6jun10:00 am- 12:00 pmCooking Class - Suimono Soup10:00 am - 12:00 pm
7jun10:30 am- 11:30 amJune Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
13jun10:00 am- 4:00 pmMBT Used Book Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm
14jun10:00 am- 4:00 pmMBT Used Book Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Weekly Services

24may8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
24may10:30 am- 11:30 amSunday Family Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
27may6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 […]

Join us for a Hawaiian Party at MBT on May 16

Please mark your calendars and join us on May 16 for a Hawaiian Party! Authentic entertainment will be provided by Pesi Mauga and his Royal Polynesian Revue. This family oriented show features Hawaiian dance, singing, ukulele accompaniment, and flaming knife tosses.

Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner which includes a whole roasted pig served Luau style […]

Hanamatsuri Celebration 2015

We had a beautiful Hanamatsuri celebration this year. The highlight was provided by the Dharma School children as they sang two traditional Buddhist gathas—‘In Lumbini’s Garden,’ which tells the story of Buddha’s birth, and ‘Buddha Loves Me’, a longtime MBT children’s favorite. After service we enjoyed a wonderful lunch prepared by our Buddhist Women’s […]

Crossing Over Seminar – Paths to Buddhism, May 9

Individuals seeking to learn about Buddhism today have varied backgrounds. Some come from different religious traditions and others have no religious affiliations at all. On May 9th, Rev. Kurt Rye, Resident Minister, Ekoji (Washington, DC) Buddhist Temple, will lead a seminar to explore different paths that he and other individuals have taken to discover […]

Dharmathon – View this historic broadcast

On the evenings of April 15 and 16 2015, the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Center for Buddhist Education sponsored a “Dharmathon”. The Dharmathon was the culmination of a historic gathering of Shin Buddhist ministers from around the world participating in an outreach program entitled West and East Hongwanji Overseas Propagation Exchange (WEHOPE).

Each evening […]

Experience the ‘Interludes on Mindfulness’ concert on April 26

Midwest Buddhist Temple hosts author Barbara Mahany and the Fused Muse Ensemble for an Interludes on Mindfulness concert on Sunday, April 26
“It’s seesaw season, yin and yang. It’s stripping off old skin, it’s starting over. It’s tender and it’s green, beginning green. Everything feels tender all over. Even us, some days. Be kind to your tender […]



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.