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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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The biggest thrill at our annual Mochi-Tsuki: Picking up a wooden mallet and joining the pounding. The next biggest thrill: Watching! 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

4mar7:00 pm- 8:30 pmIntro to Shin Buddhism class7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7mar10:00 am- 12:00 pmCooking Class - Tonkatsu10:00 am - 12:00 pm
8mar12:00 pm- 2:00 pmNew Life for Old Bags12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
11mar7:00 pm- 8:30 pmIntro to Shin Buddhism class7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Weekly Services

4mar6:00 pm- 7:00 pmZen Shin Meditation6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
8mar8:30 am- 9:30 amZen Shin Meditation8:30 am - 9:30 am
8mar10:30 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 […]

Haiku goes beyond words at March 21 Mind-Body Seminar

In addition to yoga and Zen Shin meditation, the daylong Spring Mind-Body Seminar will be devoted to haiku—both the traditional poetry form and a new type developed by two art therapy students from the School of the Art Institue of Chicago.

Jason Gans is one the students who turned the Japanese poetry form into a […]

New Feature: Ask Rev. Ron

Is there something about Shin Buddhism or the Midwest Buddhist Temple that you’ve been wondering about and would love to have some one-on-one time with Rev. Ron Miyamura to ask him? You’ve got it. And no appointment’s needed – just visit our new Ask Rev. Ron page where you can submit your question and read […]

Cooking Class – the secrets of chiffonade and more

On Jan. 10, Dan Peterson started the knife skills class with his six students cutting up potatoes, green peppers, carrots, leeks, onions, garlic and parsley—all to be added to a garden vegetable soup.

During the class, Dan showed how to hold a chef’s knife and gave us tips on how to cut the different types […]



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.