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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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Our annual Mochitsuki is December 17. Come join us in this tradition of pounding rice in to delicious confections. 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. WATCH OUR VIDEO

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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

11dec12:00 pm- 2:30 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
17dec8:30 am- 1:00 pmMochitsuki8:30 am - 1:00 pm
31dec8:00 pm- 9:30 pmNew Year's Eve Service8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
1jan10:30 am- 12:00 pmNew Year's Day Service10:30 am - 12:00 pm
8jan10:30 am- 11:30 amJanuary Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am

Weekly Services

11dec8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
11dec10:30 am- 11:30 amFamily Service & Bodhi Day10:30 am - 11:30 am
14dec6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation (Wed)6:00 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 […]

Mochitsuki on December 17

Our annual Mochitsuki will be held on December 17 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 […]

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. 16, 2016

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 […]

Minyo Celebrates 50 Years

The Midwest Minyo Group was formed in 1965 as an informal club looking to enjoy traditional Japanese folk dances.

The first instructor was Tom Saito, followed by Tsutomu Matsuda, who made his first visit from Tokyo in 1968. Matsuda Sensei was an accomplished Minyo master and founder of the Nippon Genchi Minyo Hoson Kai, dedicated […]

Saturday Afternoon at the Japanese Cinema – January 14

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 […]

Special Dharma Talk about “Tolerance”

Rev. Ron Miyamura speaks of “tolerance” in light of recent events following our presidential election. “It seems that some individuals and some groups have made it open game to express hatred and violence. … And the freedoms that we hold dear are being threatened. So we ask ourselves, what can I do….what can we […]

Your Holiday Shopping can help MBT!

You can support MBT through Amazon Smile
MBT is now registered with the Amazon Smile program. This means for every purchase you make through, the AmazonSmile Foundation will make a small donation to MBT! The more your purchase the more the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to MBT!

It’s very simple, just click the logo below […]

Read the latest “Ask Rev. Ron”

Follow Rev. Ron’s monthly Blog!

Each month Rev. Ron answers questions about Buddhism or our Temple and by visiting Ask Rev. Ron you’ll find all of Rev. Ron’s answers and even a place to submit your own questions. You can always find the link to […]



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.