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.”
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.” More recently, the temple has added Zen sittings for those who want to incorporate a meditative discipline into their lives.
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, such as tai chi.
Check our calendar for upcoming events and services.
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.
Sensei Craig Horton conducts the Zen Shin Sangha services at the temple on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He also leads some Sunday services and provides training for the students in the Minister's Assistant program for conducting Shin Buddhist services.
Craig was certified as a Minister's Assistant in 2005 by the Buddhist Churches of America. He has been with Cleveland Buddhist Temple since 1987. A longtime martial arts practitioner, Craig also teaches tai chi at the temple.
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 Zen sitting and 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