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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

February Monthly Memorial Service

10:30 am / 2.1.15

Cooking Class – (potstickers)

10:00 am / 2.7.15

Nirvana Day Memorial Service

10:30 am / 2.8.15

New Life for Old Bags Project

12:00 pm / 2.8.15

Saturday Movie – Samurai II

1:00 pm / 2.14.15

Weekly Services


Zen Shin Meditation 8:30–9:30 am

Family Service 10:30 am


Zen Shin Meditation 6–7 pm

English Services

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 […]

Gratitude for a lovely visit from BCA bishop

Rev. Kodo Umezu made his first official visit to the Midwest Buddhist Temple and Chicago as the 14th bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America in mid-November.

Sensei arrived late on Friday, Nov. 14, just in time for Chicago’s first taste of winter. Originally from balmy Fukuoka in Kyushu, Japan, sensei has spent most of […]

The story behind the new Legacy Garden

The MBT Legacy Garden, which was dedicated on June 22, 2014, is “an oasis of peace and inspiration for the Buddhist community and larger public alike,” says its designer, world-renowned landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu of Portland-based Kurisu International. This nurturing garden was conceived to honor the first- and second-generation Japanese-American pioneers who founded the […]



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.