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Bright Dawn Center of Oneness Buddhism


Universal teachings for everyday living.

Reverend Gyomay Kubose

Natsu Matsuri (Temple's Annual Summer Festival)


Sunday night and it was beginning to get dark. The barriers had come down, and some of the work crew were gathered in the parking lot, resting up for the next effort, perhaps taking the trash out to the dumpster.The children of the neighborhood were wandering in and out. Other people from the buildings nearby had come too. In the midst was the dull-eyed crew, myself among them. I was thinking of my tired feet and other spiritual factors such as whether we needed gas in the car.Then I saw Rev. Kubose come through the gate, very peacefully, very quietly. I thought of the hours he had kept throughout the weekend and that he was still in his eighties. Just then, he saw one of the children, grabbed her hand, and the two went around in a circle. At the end, Rev. Kubose was laughing and finished with a modified jumping jack exercise. Turning from the little girl, he met with a man of the neighborhood, an American Indian named Eddie. They shook hands, then Eddie gave the street handshake, which Rev. Kubose responded to with style.The apparent mood changed in a moment, for Eddie bowed and kissed Rev. Kubose's hand. There was surprise and then Rev. Kubose bowed again and with great respect kissed Eddie's hand.In less than 5 minutes, from the start at the gate through the kissing of hands, Rev. Kubose demonstrated so many of his teachings, so naturally. The joy of the moment, appreciation of all people, respect, reacting in the moment, lack of ego, and the tremendous energy and life force that he has. All of this is in Rev. Kubose's writings and teachings. To see him live this however, is a powerful lesson. Just watching him, I was ashamed of myself.

Anna Idol - Chicago, Illinois


by Rev. Gyomay M. Kubose


The reality of nature, the reality of life is oneness. But we humans have such a strong egotistic nature. We are the ones who create dualism; we are the ones who talk about two sides: front and back, right and wrong, me and you. As soon as life is dichotomized, tension is created. But when life is harmonized, there are no quarrels, no complaints. Each takes his or her part and does the best. There is totality in oneness. A mother and child are one. A mother forgets danger and risks her life for the child. It is not sacrifice. They are two separate beings but they are one. A mother exhibits an immediate, direct action of oneness. It is a natural act - not a sense of duty, or “must,” or “ought.”

Oneness and individuality coexist. There is no question about the importance and uniqueness of each individual life. However, difference is no difference. The very difference is equality, is one. When colorless light is put through a prism it separates into different colors. This very light is all colors; all the colors are one light. Our life is like that: various manifestations, various individualities, but the core of life is one. When we become one, it is colorless no self, no ego. But our narrow, self-centeredness prevents us from seeing this oneness. When we learn to transcend this ego activity, we find that our ego as it is becomes the true self. This is enlightenment. Different lives become one life, transcending differences yet maintaining uniqueness. We harmoniously live one life. We say a hand has a front and back. But there is only one hand. Hand is hand. Dichotomizing and labelling are only concepts. We should not conceptualise and divide things into two. Reality is one. Our life is one.