With the snow coming this evening we are canceling the puja at 7 pm. The Rime Center will still be open for meditation at your own pace until 5 pm.
On Sunday February 10th at the town hall meeting the Rime Board announced that the Rime Center’s coffers are low and that the sangha will have to leave its current location if things don’t improve.
Our current monthly cost for rent and overhead expenses are $5,500. Unfortunately through the Jindak Community, our monthly giving program, we receive regular contributions each month at around $3,000. This means that the Rime Center has been operating at a deficit, depleting our resources. If we are unable to reach our goal of raising $5,500 a month then the Rime Center will no longer be able to afford to stay at our current location.
We need your financial support, please consider becoming a Jindak Community member by making a monthly suggested contribution of $108. You can even contribute as little as $10 a month either through the link below or by filling out an ACH form at the center.
The timing is urgent as Lama Matt has given us until March 31st to reach our goal. If we are unable to do so then the Rime sangha will have to begin making plans to leave our current location and relocate.
March 1 – 3, 2019
We are delighted to welcome back Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, March 1st – 3rd, who will give the Orgyen Menla empowerment and teachings. Orgyen Menla, the principle deity for this practice, is a form of Guru Rinpoche manifesting as a Buddha of Medicine. Medicine Buddha’s motivation is to completely remove mental and physical suffering from all sentient beings, primarily mental and physical illness caused through the imbalance of the elements.
Dharma talk given by Lama Matthew Palden Gocha on February 17th, 2019.
Lama Matt shared two of the Five Mindfulness Trainings of Thich Nhat Hanh. You can find the complete list on his site here: https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness-practice/the-5-mindfulness-trainings/
Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I am committed to cultivating responsibility and learning ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families, and society. Knowing that sexual desire is not love, and that sexual activity motivated by craving always harms myself as well as others, I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without true love and a deep, long-term commitment made known to my family and friends. I will do everything in my power to protect children from sexual abuse and to prevent couples and families from being broken by sexual misconduct. Seeing that body and mind are one, I am committed to learning appropriate ways to take care of my sexual energy and cultivating loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness – which are the four basic elements of true love – for my greater happiness and the greater happiness of others. Practicing true love, we know that we will continue beautifully into the future.
Loving Speech and Deep Listening
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak. I will practice mindful breathing and walking in order to recognize and to look deeply into my anger. I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and in the other person. I will speak and listen in a way that can help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness.
Music by Bran Cerddorion.
To Be an Inclusive Spiritual Community in Kansas City
The Rime Buddhist Center founder, Lama Chuck, challenged us as a sangha to be one of the most welcoming spiritual communities in Kansas City. You can see that manifested today in our Service Guild, with our greeters on Sunday mornings, the volunteers in the Gift Shop, and the meditation leaders on Wednesday evenings. It’s wonderful to see sangha members take the time to welcome people to the Rime Center. Continue reading
Welcome to The Rime Buddhist Center’s summer curriculum. This semester Geshe Tsewang Thinley will continue to lead classes on Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra. We will be continuing our Tier 2 classes. Look for details below on these opportunities to deepen your practice with the support of fellow practitioners.
Do to the holidays the Rime Center will not be open on the following:
- Dec 24 – Noon & Zen Meditations
- Dec 25 – Noon Meditation and Green Tara
- Dec 31 – Noon & Zen Meditations
- Jan 1 – Noon Meditation and Green Tara
Also, the regular Wednesday Homeless Outreach will meet on Thursday Dec 27th at 6 pm.