Welcome!

BTC is a diverse Buddhist temple in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.  Visit on Sundays at 11 am for weekly English service (guide for newcomers here), explore our educational classes, meditate on Thursdays & Sundays, and drop in on our many cultural offerings and events. Check the Calendar for regularly scheduled classes and our Facebook page for recent updates. Everyone is welcome. Directions and parking info are at the bottom of the page.2018_OHC_Logo_Horizontal_Black+Red-01BTC is proud to be a part of Open House Chicago for the third year in a row!  See our listing here. We will open our temple doors on Saturday, October 13 from 9:30 to 5 and Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 5 with volunteers ready to give brief talks and answer any questions you may have about our temple’s architecture and its unique history.

BTC recently recorded a chant as part of the Prayer project by artist James Webb. The recording will be part of the exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago and includes recordings of prayers from dozens of faiths and spiritual groups in the host city, in this case, Chicago. This is the tenth version of this installation and the largest to date.  Visit this Art Institute page for more information. Click here to listen to the BTC chant.

  • The summer Educational Center schedule is available here.
  • 2018 Special Events (dates subject to change):
    • Saturday,  October 13, 9:30 am to 5 pm – Open House Chicago day 1
    • Sunday, October 14, noon to 1 pm – Temple’s 74th Anniversary service & luncheon
    • Sunday, October 14, 1 pm to 5 pm – Open House Chicago day 2 (after luncheon)
    • Sunday, November 18 – Ho-on-ko (Shinran’s memorial) service & luncheon
    • Sunday, December 16 – Mochi-tsuki (rice cake pounding)
    • First Sunday of every month – Shotsuki Hoyo (monthly memorial service). Note: In September, it will be the second Sunday. The temple is closed on September 2.

Photos from visitors, temple members, and Sam Lee Photo