Welcome to The Buddhadharma Goes West a Biannual journal for Buddhist writing from the Americas. The idea of the journal comes from those inspired by the late Reverend Gyomay Kubose who was the founder and resident minister of the Chicago Buddhist Temple from 1947 until his death in 1998. Gyomay Sensei’s dream when he came to america was to help create a uniquely American form of Buddhism. He wrote in his intro to American Buddhism.
“I always felt that Buddhism in America would become uniquely American Buddhism - as it should - because Buddhism is a way of life that teaches the individual to find and develop the true self and to make life more creative and meaningful.”
To carry on his teaching and his legacy, the non-sectarian Bright Dawn Way of Oneness Center of Buddhism was created by his son Reverend Gyomay Sensei. To continue Gyomay sensei’s dream of an American form of Buddhism, Brightdawn has created this journal to gather writings from all forms and traditions of Buddhism in the Americas to see how the Buddhadharma is addressing the needs of a Western audience and specifically those practitioners that are living in the Americas.
In this edition you will find writings from the following people...