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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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On a beautiful fall afternoon we held our annual Yard Sale. Thanks to neighborhood support it was a huge success and we're already starting to plan for next year. 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

10oct1:00 pm- 3:00 pmSaturday Japanese Movies1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
17oct9:30 am- 12:00 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:00 pm
24oct9:30 am- 12:00 pmCreative Writing Workshop9:30 am - 12:00 pm
25oct12:00 pm- 2:00 pmWomen's Association Annual Luncheon12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Weekly Services

7oct6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
11oct8:30 am- 9:30 am- No Zen Shin this Day -8:30 am - 9:30 am
11oct10:30 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 […]

Saturday Afternoon Movie – October 10

Saturday Afternoon Movie 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 the date – […]

New Feature: Chanting Videos

We have added a new feature to our website – instructional videos of traditional Shin Buddhist Chants. In these videos Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki, of the Buddhist Church of Lodi, chants a series of Sutras that are commonly chanted during Shin services. Rev. Kusunoki has been certified as a “chanting instructor” by the Ritual Department […]

80 Delegates attend EBL Convention

The Eastern Buddhist League held its annual conference in Cleveland over the Labor Day weekend with a little more than 80 delegates gathering to share the joy of the Nembutsu.

The EBL is an unique group of Shin Buddhists from eastern North America that crosses borders and organizations. It includes the New York Buddhist […]

Annual Yard Sale

On September 26th we held our annual Yard Sale. Temple members and friends donated items which included dishes, ceramics, artwork, and many other useful artifacts. Thanks to the generous donations we had over 12 tables of ‘treasures’ for sale. The weather cooperated which brought out neighbors and many others just out to enjoy the […]

Catch up on the latest “Ask Rev. Ron” Answers

If you haven’t checked lately, Rev. Ron has been busy answering your questions in his blog. Ask Rev. Ron can be found in the About Jodo Shinshu Buddhism section of our website and for your convenience you can just click here (Ask Rev. Ron). Catch up on some of Rev. Ron’s latest answers.



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.