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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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On a warm summer evening under colorful lanterns, we carry on a Buddhist tradition of honoring past loved ones through the Obon Odori Festival. This year Obon is on July 11. LEARN MORE

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Ginza Holiday (August 7, 8, & 9) is our largest summer event sharing Japanese culture and cuisine for the past 60 years. We hope to see you there! 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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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

5jul10:30 am- 11:30 amJuly Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
7jul7:30 pm- 8:30 pmObon Odori Practice7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
9jul7:30 pm- 8:30 pmObon Odori Practice7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
11jul8:00 pm- 10:00 pmObon Odori8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Weekly Services

5jul8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
5jul10:30 am- 11:30 amJuly Memorial Service10:30 am - 11:30 am
8jul6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation6:00 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 […]

Rev. Miyamura participates in a Catholic-Buddhist dialog at the Vatican

Rev. Miyamura, along with other America Buddhist ministers, participated in a ‘Catholic-Buddhist’ dialog taking place at the historic Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo (for centuries used as the summer resident of the Pope). The conference was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The conference […]

Get Ready for Obon – July 11

Our annual Obon Odori festival, on July 11, is fast approaching. If you’re not familiar with this Shin Buddhist holiday, Obon Odori is a festival of Japanese Folk dance honoring loved ones who have passed before us (learn more by visiting our Obon Odori page).

Everyone is welcome to dance at the festival. Although you do not […]

Ginza Holiday – August 7-9

About Ginza 2015
Its officially summer and you can almost smell the Chicken Teriyaki on the grill and feel the thunder of Taiko drumming. This year will be our 60th Ginza Holiday (August 7, 8, & 9) taking place on our temple grounds at 435 W. Memonomonee in Chicago. Ginza Holiday has been sharing Japanese […]

Bus chartered to EBL Conference in Cleveland – Sept 4-7

The 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 is renowned Shin Buddhist minister/author Dr. Jeff Wilson, author of “Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture” […]

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.