Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 West Menomonee Street • Chicago, IL 60614
312.943.7801, phone /  312.943.8069, fax
Office hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm / Monday through Friday

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Join us Saturday, April 5
Saturday at the Japanese Cinema

This month's feature:
"Sumo Do, Sumo Don't"
(Japanese with English subtitles)

What happens when a professor blackmails a college student into joining the school's sumo team? Come join us to find out when our Social Hall gets transformed into a cinema. Popcorn and snacks will be served.

When: 1 pm Saturday, April 5   /   Free; donations welcome
RSVP: 312.943.7801

Public Lecture on April 24

Please join us at the temple for a public lecture by our resident minister, Rev Ron Miyamura. Sensei will describe Buddhism's evolution over the past 2500 years, share highlights of our temple's history and discuss how the teachings remain relevant in today's modern society. 

There will be time for questions-and-answers, so spend an evening exploring one of the world's major religions.

When: 6:30—8 pm Thursday, April 24. Free to all; no registration is required.

Buddhism Classes in May

Learn more about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism from our resident minister, Rev Ron Miyamura.  These classes will explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism, with focus on our Shinshu tradition.  Designed as part lecture but with a lot of interactive conversation, the class will adapt to the needs of the participants.  This is a comfortable introduction for newcomers, while allowing established followers to get answers to those questions you've been wanting to ask.  Register by calling the office at 312-943-7801 or sending an email to office@midwestbuddhisttemple.org.

If you are interested in attending but these dates and time are not convenient, please let us know and we'll contact you for future classes.

When: 7—8:30 pm Wednesdays, May 14, 21 and 28
Where: At the temple
Cost: $10 per class (members $5 per class)

What happens when  you marry Irish and Japanese cultures, the Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan wondered?

"It was very moving," Irish tenor Paddy Homan tells him in Kogan's "Sidewalks" column in the March 14 Chicago Tribune, speaking about the collaboration of Irish and Japanese musicians at the MBT Legacy Garden Benefit Concert on March 9. "Some of the songs we chose worked so well with the [Japanese taiko] drums, giving the songs a greater feel, sometimes a haunting feeling. The experience reminded me of how rich and diverse Chicago is, and I think I may have found my percussion section for future concerts."


The Perfect Way to Celebrate St. Patty's Day...

Give a listen to Ho Etsu Taiko members Jason Matsumoto, Ori Kawahara and Tiani Pyer-Peereira when they visited with Rick Kogan on his "After Hours" program on WGN-AM Radio and gave Chicago a preview of music to come at the MBT Legacy Garden Benefit Concert.

Listen here...

MBT Legacy Garden
Learn more about our Japanese temple garden now under construction.


All are welcome
"Come as you are"

Sunday services
* Zen Shin meditation
8:30—9:30 am

* Family service
10:30 am

Try Zen Shin meditation
6—7 pm

Upcoming Sunday services

April Memorial
April 6– 10:30 am

Buddha's birthday
April 13– 10:30 am

May Memorial
May 4– 10:30 am

Shinran Shonin's birthday
May 4– 10:30 am

June Memorial
June 1– 10:30 am

July Memorial
July 6– 10:30 am

August Memorial
August 3– 10:30 am

Upcoming events

Book Sale
June 14 and 15
9 am—5 pm

Garden small

MBT Legacy Garden Dedication
MBT 70th anniversary
June 22