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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

1may10:30 am- 11:30 amMay Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
7may9:30 am- 12:00 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:00 pm
7may1:00 pm- 3:00 pmJapanese Cinema1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
8may10:30 am- 11:30 amParent's Day, Hatsumairi, Gotan-E10:30 am - 11:30 am
8may12:00 pm- 2:30 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Weekly Services

1may8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
1may10:30 am- 11:30 amMay Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
4may6:00 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 […]

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 […]

Saturday Afternoon at the Japanese Cinema – May 7

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 […]

2nd Annual Hawaiian Party at MBT on May 21

Save the date and don’t miss MBT’s second annual Hawaiian Party on Saturday, May 21.

The festivities will begin at 5 pm with a delicious dinner of whole roasted pig served luau style, SPAM® musubi, vegetarian curry, a children’s menu, many side dishes, lots of desserts and authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice.

Hawaiian entertainment, provided by Pesi […]

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. To learn more about this year’s pledge drive (and even how to submit your membership form and pledge online), go to our special 2016 Pledge page. Thank you […]

Creative Writing Workshop – April and May

Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know how to start.

About the Workshop
The creative writing workshops will be based on Columbia College’s Story Workshop Method, used for decades in Columbia College’s Creative Writing department to teach writing to people of all ages. For our workshops, anyone high school […]

Donations, volunteers welcome as MBT supports ‘Sarah’s Circle’

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago as of January 2015 is at the highest level in a decade. It is estimated that 1,462 women are homeless on any given night. MBT has started giving back to the community by making sandwiches for Sarah’s Circle, a women’s shelter in Uptown.

Founded in the 1970s, […]

‘Orange Story’ film/website to bring WWII internment to life

please see the bottom section of this article to learn how to be an “extra” in the filming of this event in our country’s history
The four walls of MBT have housed many successful movie screenings. A dimly lit hall, the unambiguous crunch of fresh popcorn and moving images projected on a massive screen—it’s a […]

Read the latest “Ask Rev. Ron”

Is there life after death?

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 a place to submit your own questions. You can always […]



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.