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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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Ginza Holiday (August 7, 8, & 9) is our largest summer event sharing Japanese culture and cuisine for the past 60 years. We hope to see you there! 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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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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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

2aug10:30 am- 11:30 amAugust Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
7aug5:30 pm- 9:00 pmGinza Holiday - Friday5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
8aug11:30 am- 9:00 pmGinza Holiday - Saturday11:30 am - 9:00 pm
9aug11:30 am- 6:00 pmGinza Holiday - Sunday11:30 am - 6:00 pm

Weekly Services

2aug8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
2aug10:30 am- 11:30 amAugust Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
5aug6:00 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 […]

Ginza Holiday – August 7, 8, & 9

About Ginza 2015
Its officially summer and you can almost smell the Chicken Teriyaki on the grill and feel the thunder of Taiko drumming. This year will be our 60th Ginza Holiday (August 7, 8, & 9) taking place on our temple grounds at 435 W. Memonomonee in Chicago. Ginza Holiday has been sharing Japanese […]

Sign Up to HELP at Ginza!

Calling on Volunteers
The success of Ginza Holiday is due to the hard work of our many volunteers. Every aspect of Ginza Holiday is staffed by temple members, family and friends all volunteering their talents to ensure a terrific event. We appreciate your help!

To volunteer at our upcoming Ginza Festival, click the sign up link […]

Different faiths, common goals

By Rev. Miyamura
I would like to share a few thoughts about an historic experience that I had on June 22–28, 2015. I was in Rome and at the Vatican, participating in a Catholic Buddhist Dialogue upon the request of Pope Francis. The meeting was sponsored by the Pontifical Council on Inter-Religious Dialogue.

In the past, […]

Buddhist Lecture and Panel Discussion – August 29

Rev. Patti Oshita of the Sacramento Betsuin will deliver a lecture on Buddhism followed by a panel discussion. The lecture will be held at the Midwest Buddhist Temple on August 29 starting at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend and participate.

On August 30, Rev. Patti will be the guest speaker at our weekly Family […]

EBL Conference in Cleveland – Sept 4, 5, & 6

The 2015 Eastern Buddhist League conference, titled “I Go to the Sangha for Guidance,” will be hosted by the Cleveland Buddhist Temple and will be held at the Westin Cleveland Downtown Sept. 4 to 6.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeff Wilson, renowned author of several books about Buddhism including “Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation […]



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.