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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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On a warm summer evening under colorful lanterns, we carry on a Buddhist tradition of honoring past loved ones through the Obon Odori Festival. This year Obon is on July 11. 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

31may8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
31may10:30 am- 11:30 amSunday Family Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
3jun6:00 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 […]

Get Ready for Obon

Our annual Obon Odori festival, on July 11, is fast approaching. If you’re not familiar with this Shin Buddhist holiday, Obon Odori is a festival of Japanese Folk dance honoring loved ones who have passed before us (learn more by visiting our Obon Odori page).

Everyone is welcome to dance at the festival. Although you do not […]

Book Sale to raise funds for Nepal Earthquake Relief

Each year, coinciding with the Old Town Art Fair, MBT’s Used Book Sale attracts hundreds of passersby and serious book-lovers with tables filled with books, CDs, records and tapes priced from $1 and up. If you get hungry while browsing, we sell Hawaiian Shave Ice and homemade cookies.

This year, the Book Sale will be […]

Food and Fun at the Hawaiian Party!

MBT’s first Hawaiian Party was held on Saturday, May 16. The menu spotlight was the whole roasted pig, but the Kalua pork, macaroni salad, coleslaw and shoyu hot dogs made by Dan Peterson were also big hits.

Additional food included Huli Huli tofu, vegetable curry, rice, taro chips and even small containers of poi. May […]

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 […]

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 […]



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.