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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 will take place on December 12 and is open to the public. This tradition of pounding rice to make delectable treats goes back many generations. 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

6dec10:30 am- 11:30 amDecember Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
12dec8:30 am- 1:00 pmMochitsuki8:30 am - 1:00 pm
31dec7:30 pm- 9:00 pmNew Year's Eve Service7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
1jan10:30 am- 12:00 pmNew Year's Day Service10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Weekly Services

2dec6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
6dec8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
6dec10:30 am- 11:30 amDecember Memorial 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 […]

Send Your New Year’s Greetings in the BULLETIN!

Say “Hi” and “Happy New Year” to your friends in the MBT Bulletin with a $20 donation per family. DEADLINE: Dec. 6, 2015

It’s that time of year when we invite you to share your New Year’s Greetings with readers of the MBT Bulletin. Your New Year’s Greetings donations, along with our advertising revenue, make […]

Umani stew – and teacher – star at MBT cooking class

May Nakano is a national treasure – or, at the very least, she is a Chicagoland and MBT treasure. And a living repository of Japanese-American (and Japanese-Canadian) stories, knowledge, culture and recipes. In addition, she is a great chef, a wonderful teacher and so much fun – which makes spending a morning in one […]

Get Ready for Mochitsuki on December 12

Our annual Mochitsuki will be held on December 12 starting at 8:30 am and ending around 1:00 pm. During Mochitsuki our temple’s social hall transforms in to a noisy and joyful gathering centered around the tradition of pounding rice and making small cakes filled with sweetened azuki beans. The Japanese tradition of Mochitsuki was […]

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Services

At year’s end MBT traditionally holds two services and everyone is welcome to participate.

On New Year’s Eve we gather to celebrate the outgoing year with a brief service followed by the “ringing of the Kansho bell”. Each participant will take a turn ringing the Kansho (the large bell just outside the temple door) until […]

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.