Help Alleviate Suffering From the Devastating Earthquake in Nepal

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From Lama Chuck: Mary and I have visited Nepal and have several Tibetan refugee friends who live both in Pokhara, and in Katmandhu Nepal. We are so grateful to receive word that they are safe. Of course we can offer our prayers and intentions to alleviate the widespread suffering. But we can also contribute financially. Even a little money will go a long way. There are many NGOs relief organizations so it is difficult knowing which one’s to donate money to. There are several very wonderful private NGO non-profits I recommend: Global Action Nepal is excellent, and our own local Heart to Heart International is already sending medical supplies and teams of medical personnel to Nepal. They will also accept volunteers, but you must pay your own way. But there is one NGO: International Medical Corps where your money will go the farthest. They have teamed up with FaceBook, who will match dollar for dollar all donations up to two million dollars!

Healing Through Shamatha Meditation and Vajrapani

Venerable Phakyab Rinpoche

May 29 – 31, 2015

Mark your calendars for a wonderful teaching by the acclaimed Tibetan Buddhist lama and healer, Ven. Phakyab Rinpoche. Register to attend his teachings on Healing through Shamatha Meditation. Shamatha meditation is a simple practice great for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Shamatha means “calm abiding” in Sanskrit, and this meditation focuses on allowing the mind’s natural state to be accessed by focusing the breath on a specific object and letting all other thought slip away. As the meditation practice deepens, the space between thoughts becomes greater and more profound, making room for our true inner nature of unconditional love, peace, and healing to arise and expand.

Venerable Phakyab RinpocheThe weekend teaching includes Vajrapani Empowerment. Vajrapani is a Buddha whose function is to destroy the delusions of living beings by bestowing special power upon their body and mind. Through his blessings and inspiration, we can gain the inner strength to face our daily problems and sufferings and to eliminate our delusions, especially our self-grasping ignorance, which is the root of our suffering. Delusions are the true enemies of living beings; they continually rob us of inner peace and destroy our happiness. Receiving this empowerment connects us directly with Buddha Vajrapani, giving us the inspiration and confidence to progress successfully on this spiritual path.

Rinpoche currently resides in Queens, New York, where he is learning English and establishing a Buddhist Dharma center. He aspires to teach Buddhism widely and to foster ecumenical dialogue between practitioners of Buddhism and other spiritual and healing traditions. Rinpoche welcomes questions and requests from students of all faiths and backgrounds.

Schedule

(times TBA)

Friday, May 29
Introduction

Saturday, May 30
Shamatha Vajrapani Empowerment

Sunday, May 31
Dharma talk at Sunday Service

Fee
$120 in advance; $140 at the door.

Online registration will be available soon.

Ocean of Wisdom Book Club

The book club meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is open to anyone who would like to participate. The plan is to study one book by H.H. Dalai Lama for a month and then select another book by His Holiness. Our next book to study is : “Stages of Meditation.” Copies of this text will be available in Rime Gift Shop. Sign up sheet on the literature table. For more information contact Sergio Moreno at secamode@gmail.com

Dr. Allan and Mrs. Rita Crandell’s Trip to Bhutan

We are so fortunate to have Dr. Allan Crandell and his wife Rita share with us their photos and journey to Bhutan. They went to Bhutan under the auspices of Health Volunteers Overseas, a volunteer medical project linking Western clinicians and physicians with Bhutan, generally connected with the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Besides seeing and treating patients, they also hiked on weekends and most hikes end up on top of a hill at a Buddhist monastery or nunnery. They had the good fortune to be able to travel to the eastern, more rural part of Bhutan, graced by sightings of the rare and endangered black-necked cranes. They visited the Haa Valley, mountain passes where the Eastern Himalayas are stunningly in view and Punakha, which is a verdant, warm valley with oranges, mangoes and poinsettias in profusion. They will share photos and discuss their trip.

Date: Sunday, May 10th
Time: TBA

Monthly Half-Day Meditation Retreat

Our monthly half-day retreat is offered on the second Saturday of each month. The focus will be upon shamatha meditation and it is a wonderful way to deepen your practice. The retreats will focus on releasing ego clinging and training the mind in compassion through shamatha meditation. Beginners are encouraged to attend, but must first have received meditation instruction. We will be observing noble silence throughout the retreat. Tea and bottled water will be provided.

Date & Time: May 9, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Instructor: Brent Crawford
Suggested Donation: $15
Prerequisite: Must have receive prior meditation instruction. No meditation instruction is given at the retreat.

Community Outreach at Harvesters

The task will change from date to date but will most likely include sorting and repacking food that will be distributed to soup kitchens or food pantries in the area or working in the community garden. It would be nice to have a headcount to let Harvesters know how many to expect. So, as a courtesy to others, please let Vickie Cumberland know that you’re coming. Contact Vickie Cumberland at vacumberland@aol.com or 816-739-9792.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am – noon
Location: Harvesters, 3801 Topping, Kansas City, MO 64129

Refuge Vows, Sunday, May 3

Taking refuge in the three jewels is a strict prerequisite for any kind of relationship with the Buddhist teachings. The objects of refuge are the: Buddha, Dharma & Sangha (also known as the precious triple gem) grant protection to the spiritual seeker. The refuge ceremony is when one “officially” becomes Buddhist. The act of taking refuge is a declaration of one’s intention to follow the Buddhist path. The format will consist of two teachings sessions each preceded by 15 minute meditation sessions, and ending with the refuge ceremony. As part of the refuge ceremony one is also given a new refuge name. No fees but dana to the teacher is suggested.

Instructor: Lama Chuck Stanford
Dates & Times: One Session; Sunday, May 3rd, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
(potluck, please bring dish to share)
Class Fee: No fees, but dana (donation) to the teacher suggested.
Prerequisite: None

Images of Enlightenment

The bold colors, strange creatures and exquisitely beautiful beings of Tibetan art are images that illustrate the path to enlightenment. In this class we will explore the powerful symbolism of thangka paintings, statues and ritual objects of Tibetan Buddhism. This class will focus on some of the most important and representative images and will introduce the student to the tradition of spiritual self-transformation embodied by the Tibetan images of enlightened energy.

Instructor: Jack Nelson

Six Sessions: beginning Monday on April 6th
Times: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Class Fee: $15.00
Text fee: $24.95

Pre-requisite: Completion of Basics of Buddhism

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