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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. WATCH OUR VIDEO

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In April we celebrate Hanamatsuri in observance of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama who later became Shakyamuni Buddha, in Lumbini Garden. This year Hanamatsuri service is April 10th. 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

5jun10:30 am- 11:30 amJune Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
8jun7:00 pm- 8:30 pmShin Buddhism Class7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11jun10:00 am- 4:00 pmMBT Used Book Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm
12jun10:00 am- 4:00 pmMBT Used Book Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm
12jun12:00 pm- 2:30 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Weekly Services

25may6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation (Wed)6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
29may8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
29may10:30 am- 11:30 amSunday Family 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 […]

‘The Orange Story’ Filming

Filming ‘The Orange Story’
Producers usually aren’t on location when a team films a movie. However, the day we shot “The Orange Story” at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Ill., I had to attend to watch the process unfold. And it was incredible.

An early morning bus drove about 40 extras from the Midwest Buddhist […]

Come to MBT’s Used Book Sale – June 11-12

Coinciding with the neighboring Old Town Art Fair every June, 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 popcorn, snacks, soda, Kona coffee and cookies.

And, in […]

Get Ready for Obon – July 9

On Saturday, July 9, the chochin lanterns will hang above our temple parking lot. The cars will be gone, replaced with a ring of chairs, a stage for a taiko drum. And as nighttime falls, we will fill the lot to dance Japanese folk dances and honor loved ones who have passed before us. […]

Support MBT through Amazon Smile

You can support MBT through Amazon Smile

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

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

2016 EBL Conference – Seabrook September 2, 3, & 4

About the EBL Conference
The 2016 EBL Conference takes place this year at Seabrook Buddhist temple in Bridgeton, N.J., over the Labor Day Weekend. Please save the dates (Sept. 2–4) and plan to attend an informative and fun event.

The theme of the conference is “Come as You Are: Buddhism and Daily Life.” Our special keynote […]

Help Make MBT a Welcoming Place!

Make MBT a Welcoming Place
Attendees to Sunday services are seeing a new feature in the Social Hall. A table with the sign “Welcome–Meet Me” has appeared, welcoming members and visitors to sit and get to know each other.

The story of how this began

Last March, the 2016 National Council Meeting of the BCA (Buddhist Churches […]

2016 MBT Membership Pledge Drive

It is that time of year when we start our annual Membership Pledge drive. Your support helps make the many offerings of the Midwest Buddhist Temple possible.

Pledging to MBT helps:

Maintain the daily cost of operating the temple (salaries, utilities, maintenance, supplies)
Supports our religious, social and community programs
At the $150 minimum level, allows voting on […]

Read the latest “Ask Rev. Ron”

What do memorial numbers signify?

Find out the answer to this 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 Rev. Ron’s answers and even […]



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.