KOYO S. KUBOSE
A Brief Personal History
Koyo S. Kubose was born in Los Angeles, California. He went with his family to World War II camps in Heart Mountain, Wyoming and Poston, Arizona. When his family relocated to Chicago, he attended Ray Elementary School and Hyde Park High School. After attending the University of Illinois, he went on to earn a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley; M.A. from San Francisco State University; and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Iowa.
He has been on the psychology faculties at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro), University of Hawaii, and University of Wisconsin Center System (Janesville). He studied Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan, combining studies in Shin Buddhism through the Eastern Buddhist Society at Otani University, with meditation practice at Antaiji Temple with Uchiyama Kosho Roshi of the Soto Zen sect and doing koan training under Kobori Nanrei Roshi of the Rinzai Zen tradition at Ryoko-in, a Daitokuji Temple.
Rev. Koyo joined his father, the Venerable Gyomay M. Kubose, on the ministerial staff at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago from 1983 to 1995 to help further his father’s vision of developing Buddhism in America. In 1996, he established a religious educational organization, BRIGHT DAWN: Institute for American Buddhism, which offers a variety of resources for individual spirituality; such as daily 1-2 minute Dial-the-Dharma taped talks available 24/7, videotape Dharma talk loan program, quarterly newsletter Oneness, telephone TiSarana Buddhist Confirmation Ceremony, two-year Lay Minister training program via audio-conferences, and books by Ven. Gyomay Kubose and Rev. Koyo Kubose. Detailed information is available at www.brightdawn.org.
Rev. Koyo and his late father, the Ven. Gyomay Kubose, have been friends of Amida Trust for many years. Rev. Koyo has helped host Dharmavidya on his trips to the United States, facilitating the offering of workshops and seminars in the Chicago area.