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Buddhist Temple of Chicago


1151 W. Leland Ave.




Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 15: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Parallel Architecture, 2006


This six-sided temple has the same shape and proportions as the Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto, Japan, where the Japanese Pure Land tradition of Buddhism developed. Founded in Hyde Park in 1944, the temple was established to support Japanese-Americans just released from internment camps. In 1956, urban renewal projects drove it to a former church on the site it occupies today. Among the oldest Buddhist temples in Chicago, its accessibility to English speakers has made it diverse and multicultural. The interior of the new temple is minimalistic and capped by a timber roof resting on radiating trusses. Focal points include a stunningly detailed Amida Buddha altar and a series of hand-carved depictions of the life of the Buddha. Off to the side is the Nokotsudo, a small room for the temporary storage of cremated remains. The room also houses an altar built of scraps by interned Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Visitor Experience

Visitors will enjoy a station-by-station experience covering details on the temple's architecture, Japanese-American history, and an explanation of Buddhist art and ornaments.