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Our annual Ginza Holiday Festival is on August 12-14. Come experience Japanese culture, entertainment, and food. To learn more visit our Ginza Holiday website

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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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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

7aug10:30 am- 11:30 amAugust Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
12aug5:30 pm- 9:00 pmGinza 2016 - Aug 12 (Fri)5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
13aug11:30 am- 9:00 pmGinza 2016 - Aug 13 (Sat)11:30 am - 9:00 pm
14aug11:30 am- 5:00 pmGinza 2016 - Aug 14 (Sun)11:30 am - 5:00 pm
20aug1:30 pm- 3:30 pmVolunteer for Outreach1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Weekly Services

31jul8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
31jul10:30 am- 11:30 amSunday Family Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
3aug6:00 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 […]

Ginza Holiday – Aug 12-14

Join MBT on the weekend of August 12-14 for our 61st annual Ginza Holiday Festival. Come for your favorite Ginza offerings: our Chicken Teriyaki and other menu favorites, our exciting stage presentations featuring Taiko, Martial Arts and Japanese Folk dance, our expanded shopping experience, or our Japanese cultural exhibits highlighted again by the Waza […]

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 […]

Fall Mind-Body Seminar – September 17

Our fall Mind-Body Seminar will be a day of experiencing the mind-body connection through yoga, meditation and … improv. Life is after all one big improv in the eternal now! A guest from Second City will lead basic, fun exercises to bring our attention to the here and now and our ability to be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Read the latest “Ask Rev. Ron”

Follow Rev. Ron’s monthly 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 find the link to […]



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.