Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko, Chicago

Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko, Chicago

Buddhism varies quite a bit by nationality, sect, ethnicity, and geography. This particular temple adheres to the "Pure Land" sect, founded by Japanese-Americans fleeing the growing scapegoating racism of the American West during WWII. While the Midwest was comparatively more accepting, some of this sect's unique practices also facilitated their harmonious integration with minimal conflicts.

The temple is set up more like an American Protestant Church with Japanese architectural influence (primarily expressed in the combination gable and hip roof), rather than a traditional Japanese mainstream temple. Visitors here are encouraged to keep their shoes on and occupy Western-style pews, as opposed to traditional Japanese tatami mats. Sunday morning services are led by ministers rather than monks, and Dharma talks mimic homilies or sermons. Japanese is retained only in the opening chant during English services, and intriguingly, some of the hymns are adapted from Protestant traditional hymns with adjusted words.

A visit to this temple is particularly recommended for those with an interest in comparative religion, anthropology, immigration history, cross-cultural studies, as well as individuals associated with other Buddhist groups.

Tip:
Mark your calendar for the Ginza Holiday Festival, which takes place during the second week of August. This annual fundraiser features delicious Teriyaki chicken, a wide selection of goods for sale, and fantastic entertainment with the mesmerizing rhythms of Taiko drums.

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Sight Name: Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Religious
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