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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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Our annual Mochitsuki is December 17. Come join us in this tradition of pounding rice in to delicious confections. 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

29jan11:30 am- 2:00 pmShinnen-Enkai (New Year Celebration)11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5feb10:30 am- 11:30 amFebruary Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
12feb12:00 pm- 2:30 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5mar10:30 am- 11:30 amMarch Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
12mar12:00 pm- 2:30 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Weekly Services

25jan6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation (Wed)6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
29jan8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
29jan10:30 am- 11:30 amSunday Family 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 […]

2017 MBT Membership Pledge Drive

Dear Members and Friends:
We thank you for your participation in our temple activities (a few are displayed above). It is through generous donors like you that we are able to continue these programs and we ask you to make a financial Pledge today.

As a Pledge member, you help maintain the daily cost of […]

General Meeting and New Year Celebration – January 29

Mark you calendars for January 29 when we’ll celebrate Shinnen-Enkai 2017! Shinnen-Enkai is the temple’s year-end general meeting and New Year celebration. Just after Family Service, a general meeting is conducted by the Board of Trustees and reports on all temple activities are presented and discussed. New Board members and officers are recognized and […]

Volunteers create holiday dinner for Sarah’s Circle

On Dec. 24, around 20 adults and children helped cook an elaborate dinner and fill gift bags for Sarah’s Circle, a women’s shelter in Uptown.

Our dinner menu consisted of turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, Huli Huli tofu and salad. The kitchen was bustling with people cutting vegetables, […]

2016 Mochitsuki Photos!

Once again our annual Mochistuki was a tremendous success. Many thanks to all who organized, participated and helped continue the tradition of Mochitsuki (which dates back hundreds of years).

Peter Drechsler has provided these beautiful photographs (click any photo to view the slideshow)- please enjoy!

Ask Reverend Ron

Is there something about Shin Buddhism or our temple that you’ve been wondering about and would love to have some one-on-one time with Rev. Ron Miyamura to ask him? Here’s your chance—our new feature: Ask Rev. Ron.

Each month on this page we’ll post Rev. […]



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.