Bright Dawn: Discovering Your Everyday Spirituality

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Accompany Rev. S. Koyo Kubose as he prepares for an early morning run along the shore of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois. In each chapter of the book, Rev. Kubose masterly weaves Buddhist teachings into his seemingly mundane preparation to greet the sunrise. While brushing his teeth, tying his shoes, gazing at the sky, water, and trees along the running path, he delves into the core of what it means to be human: living with grace, perseverance, and gratitude. He presents teachings of awareness and mindfulness that inspire the reader.

From his background as Professor of Psychology and Buddhist minister, he shows how to deepen one's spirituality through an appreciation of nature. By showing how to see what is around us, we learn to let go of our narrow egocentric view and open up to a broader view of ourselves in the world. Rev. Kubose show how timeless Buddhist teachings can bring spirituality to modern life. The book includes over a dozen photographs and a map of the running path.

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Buddhism has been practiced in America for over a century, but it was Rev. Gyomay Kubose, the author's father, who had the vision to emphasize a Buddhist approach that is easily accessible to Americans. In 1944 he founded a non-sectarian temple in Chicago that had a new direction. Dogma was discarded for an innovative, non-dualistic approach, the "Way of Oneness."

It is an interesting time to be a Buddhist in America. Rev. Koyo, and his father before him, have outlined a path of practice that is both rewarding and inspiring. They have shared the teachings of the Way of Oneness and a non-dualistic approach with several generations of Buddhists, changing the face of Buddhism in Chicago, and perhaps in America.

The Way of Oneness puts the focus on individual spiritual growth rather than on any particular sectarian dogma. The interest is not in converting prople to an "ism" with the label of Buddhism. The teachings can be used by people of any religious background. It would be wonderful if the teachings could help a Christian become a better Christian, a Jew become a better Jew, a Muslim become a better Muslim, or even an atheist become a better atheist. Individual spirituality is beyond religious labels.

"Bright Dawn: Discovering Your Everyday Spirituality" by Rev. Koyo Kubose, carries on his father's vision to establish a distinctly American Buddhism that can be practiced in everyday life. This book offers the life-changing lessons of learning to take a Wide View, to Keep Going, and to find spirituality in the mindful practice of being "one" with nature. Rev. Koyo writes, "The suchness (naturalness) of nature provides simple but deep teachings."

Rev. Koyo invites us to look mindfully at our daily life. He shares ways for us to experience this mindfulness practice so we may discover our own path and to incorporate spirituality into everyday life.

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The purpose of my writing is to encourage individual spirituality by sharing how teachings can be discovered within everyday activities. Such teachings can be integrated with and enhance traditional religious approaches or they can stand alone as a general kind of humanistic spirituality. Some people may feel that their reiligous identity is strictly bound by a particular set of religious rituals. Such people may be conditioned to believe that they are not allowed to engage in any practices that are not explicitedly specified as part of their religion. People should feel free to broaden their spiritual horizons without feeling they are violating their own religious tradition. In other words, it is okay to find personalized teachings that come out of one's own life situations. It is okay to create and use customized daily spiritual rituals in additon to traditional religious rituals. It is okay to adapt practices from any religious tradition and make them relevant to one's own spirituality.

Our physical health is maintained by daily hygiene practices like brushing teeth and washing up. It is no less important to maintain our spiritual health by daily mindfulness practices. It is through individual spirituality that we can contribute to society and the times we live in. Each of us can make a contribution to a culture of values that encourgae living with wisdom and compassion. In oneness, may it be so.

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