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Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 West Menomonee Street
phone 312-943-7801 • fax 312-943-8069
web site: MidwestBuddhistTemple.org • email: office@midwestbuddhisttemple.org
Office hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm – Monday through Friday

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Organizations

For more information about any of the following
organizations, please contact the temple office
at 312-943-7801.


Adult Sangha
The Adult Sangha, made up of the adult
congregation, organizes social events and
community-service projects. It was started in the
1950s by the Nisei, or second-generation
Japanese-Americans.

The Adult Sangha organizes and holds several
social gatherings throughout the year, such as
Katei Nights (see Special Programs). These
events include a dinner at the temple followed
by activities, such as an exercise session,
speakers on health, finance and other issues, or
entertainment.

The Adult Sangha also sponsors and organizes
the annual mochi-tsuki (see Special Programs)
in December.

Dharma School (Sunday School)
The first and third Sunday of the month is a combined
service of adults and children at 10:30 a.m.

Dharma school class follows the service starting
at 10:45 am. Children in elementary school attend
classes in the west class room. Students
in Jr. High and above meet in the Library.

Our classes fluctuate due to attendance, ages, and
enrollment. The general theme of the class is
interdependence which is one of the universal truths
of Buddhism. Parent volunteers are currently
coordinating the classroom experience.

Jr. High and High school students along with the parent
volunteer conduct the “Buddhist experience” in
which life experiences are related to Buddhism.

Dharma School Coordinator: Elaine Miyamura

Golden Agers Club

This social club, open to all MBT members age
55 and older, sponsors trips and activities such
as blueberry picking, theater outings and
luncheons. Members also participate in an
annual cleanup of the temple garden, and offer
their services at other community and temple
events.

Meetings are held the fourth Sunday of each
month, following the Adult English Service
(unless otherwise announced). There are no
bylaws or charter; no funding is obtained from
the temple. Nominal dues are collected.

Midwest Minyo Group
This group has kept Japanese folk dancing alive
at the temple for more than 30 years. They lead
practice sessions in preparation for the temple's
annual Obon Festival (see Special Programs)
and perform each year at the temple's Ginza
Holiday.

The Minyo Group practices from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
the first and third Sundays of each month in
the temple's social hall. Nominal dues are
collected.

MBT Taiko Group

This group performs at the temple's Ginza
Holiday and at other events around Chicago.
They meet at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the temple's
social hall. Nominal dues are collected.

Practice leader: Elaine Miyamura

Ho Etsu Taiko Group
This group performs at the temple's Ginza
Holiday and at other events around Chicago.
They meet at 3 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Tuesdays
in the temple's social hall.


Ho Etsu Taiko

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MBT Bulletin
The temple's monthly newsletter reaches more
than 700 households. Deadline for submissions
is the second Sunday of each month.

Editor: Sharon Harada

Women's Auxiliary

The Women's Auxiliary provides services to the
temple and runs charitable projects for the
community. Membership is open to all women
of the temple.

The members of the Women's Auxiliary offer
their services on Toban Groups for 2-month
periods, during which time they help prepare the
meals, or otoki, provided to temple members in
observance of special religious observances.

They also are responsible for preparing the
temple and refreshments for funerals held at the
temple. In addition, auxiliary members volunteer
their services in the preparation of food sold at
the temple's Ginza Holiday (see Special
Programs), the third weekend in August, as well
as staffing booths at this annual fund-raising
event.

The president of the auxiliary (or an alternate)
attends the Eastern District BCA FBWA meeting
held during the Eastern Buddhist League
Conference over Labor Day weekend and in the
fall on the West Coast.

All women are welcome and urged to join this
group. Nominal dues are collected (dues help
the national organization fund the Dharma
School program; Dana Fund, which aids the
Japanese American Service Committee; area
women's shelters and more).

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