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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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Ginza 2015 was a resounding success! Many thanks to all who volunteered their time, effort, and talents. 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

2sep7:00 pm- 8:30 pmIntro to Shin Buddhism class7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
9sep7:00 pm- 8:30 pmIntro to Shin Buddhism class7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
13sep10:30 am- 11:30 amSeptember Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
16sep7:00 pm- 8:30 pmIntro to Shin Buddhism class7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Weekly Services

2sep6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
6sep8:30 am- 9:30 am- No Zen Shin this Day -8:30 am - 9:30 am
6sep10:30 am- 11:30 am- No Service this Day -10:30 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 […]

EBL Conference in Cleveland – September 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 […]

Fall Mind-Body Seminar – September 19

Daylong Mind-Body Seminars are held twice a year at the Midwest Buddhist Temple—at the time of the autumn and spring equinoxes when daytime and nighttime are of equal duration. It is a time when all of nature is harmonizing, a time for reflection and preparation. Yoga, Zen Shin Meditation and other spiritual activities are […]

MBT Yard Sale – September 26

From Japanese dishes, kitchen items and crystal glasses to electronics, toys and artwork, there is always something for everyone at the annual MBT Yard Sale. This year our Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 26.

The Yard Sale is an outreach, as well as a fund-raising, event with many customers being neighbors out with […]

Thank You Ginza Volunteers!

Another Ginza has successfully concluded and whether it’s Ginza’s food, entertainment, cultural exhibits, shopping or our festive atmosphere, the large crowds tell us we’re doing something right!

Ginza Holiday Festival takes months of planning, weeks of preparation and setup, and then three days of non-stop exhaustive effort (plus cleanup afterwards). And of course every […]

‘Women in Buddhism’ lecture and discussion – August 30

Rev. Patti Oshita of the Sacramento Betsuin will lecture and lead a discussion on “Women in Buddhism”. In particular, Rev. Oshita will explain the role of Eshin-ni and Kakushin-ni (the wife and daughter of Shinran Shonin) as well as Lady Takako Kujo and how important they were to the history and development of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji. […]



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.