Our Lay Ministry Program involves approximately 80 consecutive weeks of assigned
readings, writing weekly reports and calling in to a weekly small discussion group
with participants from around the country. Email access is required. Other than purchasing
required text books, there are no tuition fees. Heavy sweat equity is required and
a commitment to writing reports and participating in group sessions every Sunday
A three-phase program is offered.
Phase One:Introduction to the Way of Oneness
Discussion over a four-month period that includes books by Rev. Gyomay Kubose and
Rev. Koyo Kubose.
Phase Two:Lay Ministry Courses
Topics covered over a fifteen-month period include life of the
Buddha and basic teachings, Mahayana Buddhism,
Buddhism in America, and relating the Dharma teachings
to modern applications.
Weekly small group tele-conference sessions will be held to discuss submitted written
reports on assigned readings. Each session will last about 60-90 minutes. The start
of the curriculum is the week after Labor Day in September and continues for about
20 months, ending in an Induction (graduation) Ceremony the week before Memorial
Day in May.
The curriculum consists of coursework and practicum. The coursework has two
parts. The first part is foundational and consists of readings on Gautama Buddha’s
life, basic teachings, and the development of general Mahayana Buddhism. The second
part of the coursework is Bright Dawn Center’s Way of Oneness approach as reflected
in material written by Revs. Gyomay and son Koyo Kubose.
The coursework is followed by a weekly practicum period, which involves formulating
and executing individual Action Plans (personal mindfulness exercises) around everyday
activities. The goal is to develop a continually evolving daily practice and being
able to see the Dharma teachings in all aspects of one’s life. Participants will
work on roughly the same theme, submit a written report, and give feedback to each
other in tele-conference calls.
Upon completion of the curriculum, all participants are expected to attend in
person an Induction weekend at the Bright Dawn Center in Coarsegold (near Fresno,
California). Induction weekend is usually held the weekend before Memorial Day in
May. During the Induction weekend, a Saturday workshop is held on conducting religious
services and an Induction Ceremony is held on Sunday.