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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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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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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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In April we celebrate Hanamatsuri commemorating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. A special alter, Hanamido, is decorated with flowers surrounding an image of the infant Buddha. Hanamatsuri service is on April 12. 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

4apr10:00 am- 12:00 pmCooking Class - Tempura10:00 am - 12:00 pm
5apr10:30 am- 11:30 amApril Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
12apr10:30 am- 11:30 amHanamatsuri Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
18apr9:30 am- 12:00 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Weekly Services

1apr6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
5apr8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
5apr10:30 am- 11:30 amApril 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 […]

MBT Dharma Talks reach far and wide

For some time we’ve been posting weekly Dharma Talks on our website to reach those who cannot attend Family Service. We’d like to share a message we recently received from an individual named Alex who found our Dharma Talks on the internet. Thank you, Alex, for your message and your service.

Hi there,
My name […]

Experience the ‘Interludes on Mindfulness’ concert on April 26

Midwest Buddhist Temple hosts author Barbara Mahany and the Fused Muse Ensemble for an Interludes on Mindfulness concert on Sunday, April 26
“It’s seesaw season, yin and yang. It’s stripping off old skin, it’s starting over. It’s tender and it’s green, beginning green. Everything feels tender all over. Even us, some days. Be kind to your tender […]

Join us for a Hawaiian Party at MBT on May 16

Please mark your calendars and join us on May 16 for a Hawaiian Party! Authentic entertainment will be provided by Pesi Mauga and his Royal Polynesian Revue. This family oriented show features Hawaiian dance, singing, ukulele accompaniment, and flaming knife tosses.

Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner which includes a whole roasted pig served Luau style […]



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.