Welcome to the Cleveland Buddhist Temple
You do not have to have special knowledge, experience or beliefs to come through our doors. Even if you are completely new to Buddhism, we invite you to join us. Just bring yourself. Our motto is “Come as you are.”
The Cleveland Buddhist Temple offers Shin Buddhist Sservices twice a month, on the First and Third Sunday of the month. Most Sundays, a Dharma Study Group meets. Open to all.
From the beginning, Cleveland Buddhist Temple has been home to a Sangha, or community, that follows the Jodo Shinshu path of compassion, gratitude and the “entrusting heart.”
Throughout the year Cleveland Buddhist Temple also offers numerous special events, holiday celebrations and music performances. The temple welcomes people of all races, nationalities, lifestyles and beliefs into its midst.
We also offer opportunities to increase your understanding of Buddhism and other mindful practices.
Rev. Ron Miyamura serves as supervising minister of the Cleveland Buddhist Temple. He is the resident minister at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago, and is also supervising minister of the Twin Cities Buddhist Association (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN).
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended the pre-ministerial candidate version of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, before going to Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan where he earned his master’s degree in Shin Buddhist Studies.
Special Event - Sunday, June 25!
The CBT was selected as one of the few temples to participate in the international orientation program for ministers from Kyoto.
Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara and Rev. Masanari Yamagishi will be leading the Sunday, June 25 service.
This will be a special service that includes the chanting of the Shoshinge (Sofu) and Wasan.
For those who have never heard it, and/or never chanted it, it will be extra special because of the two guest ministers leading us in the chanting.
10:00 AM - a short sitting Meditation
10:30 AM -Jodo Shinshu Service led by Rev. Kuwahara and Rev. Masanari (visiting us from Japan).
Reception following the service in the social hall
Dharma Study Class - Reverends Kuwahara and Yamagishi will hold a Dharma Study Class open to everyone, following the reception. They will be happy to answer questions and share their thoughts.
Please share this email with friends and family and remember to - come as you are.
And, don't forget to mark your calendar for OBON - July 29-30. Want to help plan OBON week-end? Please email and let us know.
Eastern Buddhist League Conference!
Come As You Are: Buddhism and Daily Life
This year’s Eastern Buddhist League (EBL) Conference will be held at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago, IL, over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, 2017. Special keynote speaker is Rev. Kenneth Tanaka, renowned scholar, author and translator. For more information click here
During World War II, Japanese citizens living on the West Coast of the United States were uprooted by the U.S. government and sent to live in internment camps, losing homes and livelihoods as a result. Upon discharge from the camps, they resettled in cities around the country to begin rebuilding their lives.
Japanese-American Buddhists who settled in Cleveland strongly desired to gather and practice Buddhism together. In 1945, they formed the Cleveland Young Buddhist Association. In 1968, the growing congregation purchased the building where the temple is currently located.
The temple is affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America, a Jodo Shinshu, or “Pure Land” organization.
Today, the Cleveland Buddhist Temple is a community committed to sharing wisdom and compassion through the teachings of Buddha. Join us for a dharma talk … a Sunday Shin service … or a class or special event. All are welcome.
"Pure Land Buddhism might suggest an otherworldly orientation, but its primary focus is on the here and now. Not the here and now grasped by the controlling ego-self but the here and now cherished as a gift of life itself to be lived creatively and gratefully, granted us by boundless compassion. The bountifulness of great compassion makes possible our liberation from the