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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. LEARN MORE

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Our annual Mochitsuki took place on December 12 and it was a resounding success! View some photos of this year's event. 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

14feb12:00 pm- 2:30 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
20feb1:00 pm- 3:00 pmJapanese Cinema1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6mar10:30 am- 11:30 amMarch Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
13mar12:00 pm- 2:30 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
20mar10:30 am- 11:30 amOhigan (Spring Equinox)10:30 am - 11:30 am

Weekly Services

14feb8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
14feb10:30 am- 11:30 amNehan-e (Nirvana Day) 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 […]

MBT Recognizes four Sangha members

At MBT’s Annual Meeting held on January 31, four individuals were given special recognition for their long and extraordinary contribution to the Temple. In their own unique ways, each embodies the true spirit of the Dharma and Sangha:



Meet our 2016 Board of Trustees

MBT Welcomes new Board of Trustee members Sandra Adams, Steve Arima, and Jim Chikaraishi. Visit our Board of Trustee page to meet all of our 2016 Board members.

We also extend our thanks to out-going Board members Donna Kobayashi and Gary Tsuchiyama for their many years of service.


Saturday Afternoon at the Japanese Cinema – February 20

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 Hall is scheduled for other activity – so please check our website or call the temple to confirm […]

Read the latest “Ask Rev. Ron” Answers

What is the point of becoming a Buddha? Why do we want this? Should it be considered the goal of life?

Find out the answer to these and many other questions in Rev. Ron’s Blog. Each month Rev. Ron answers questions about Buddhism or our Temple and by visiting Ask Rev. Ron you’ll find all of […]

New Feature: Chanting Videos

We have added a new feature to our website – instructional videos of traditional Shin Buddhist Chants. In these videos Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki, of the Buddhist Church of Lodi, chants a series of Sutras that are commonly chanted during Shin services. Rev. Kusunoki has been certified as a “chanting instructor” by the Ritual Department […]



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.