Institute for American Buddhism

(A.K.A. The Rev. Gyomay M. Kubose Dharma Legacy)

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Rev. Gyomay M. Kubose's lifework was dedicated to promoting Buddhism in America. In his words, "I have always dreamed of establishing an American Buddhism - different from Indian, Chinese, or Japanese Buddhism - a uniquely American Buddhism that could be easily understood and practiced by Americans and that would contribute to American life and culture. This Buddhism can be explained in simple, everyday language and practiced in every aspect of our daily life. Yet, it is a unique Buddhist life-way, non-dichotomized and non-dualistic, that will bring about a peaceful, meaningful, creative life, both individually and collectively."

BRIGHT DAWN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Rev. Gyomay M. Kubose's vision of American Buddhism. The core of our approach is "The Way of Oneness." This is one of the most basic Buddhist principles and pervades all Buddhist thought. Rooted in the original teachings of Gautama Buddha, our presentation of the Way of Oneness has its origins in the Japanese Mahayana tradition. Our open, eclectic approach concentrates on individual spiritual growth rather than on any particular sectarian dogma. This is our emphasis because we believe that it will also make sense to those who may not come from a culture with Buddhist philosophy already ingrained.

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