Retreat with Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche – Heart Sutra 


December 2 – 4, 2016

466694_116308141829743_1946774597_oMark your calendars for a wonderful teaching by the acclaimed Tibetan Buddhist lama, Ven. Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche. Register to attend his teachings on the Heart Sutra.

The Heart Sutra is the most popular sutra of the prajñaparamita collection and indeed of the Mahayana as a whole. Although the sutra primarily consists of a dialogue between Shariputra and the great Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, their words are inspired by the blessings of the Buddha, who remains absorbed in samadhi meditation until the end of the discussion.  Prajñaparamita  is the wisdom of directly realizing the non-conceptual simplicity of all phenomena, which has arrived at, or will lead one to, non-abiding nirvana.

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Black Hayagriva Sadhana Practice

Black Hayagriva PosterOn the 1st of each month from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. we offer Black Hayagriva practice in our beautiful upstairs shrine room. Black Hayagriva is the wrathful activity deity of the Lotus (Padma) Family of Buddha Amitabha. It is a very powerful yidam practice for incinerating all ones inner physical illness, demons, misdeeds, and obscurations . It is said that the Black Hayagriva sadhana is a means of accomplishment for conditions of our time and situation.

Everything about him is wrathful – a scowling face with three glaring eyes, a roaring mouth with protruding fangs, a pose of warrior’s aggressiveness, a broad belly bulging with inner energy, a sword raised threateningly in his right hand (poised to cut through delusion), his left hand raised in a threatening gesture with snake ornaments. This terrifying aspect expresses compassion’s fierce determination to help us overcome inner egotism and outer obstructions.

All are welcome to attend. It is recommended that you have received an empowerment. This is a ritual practice that incorporates the ritual implements of the vajra, bell, and dhamaru. Additional items that can be used are a kapala and phurba. We will have extra items for people to use if needed.

There will be instruction on use of the implements at 6:45 pm.

Upcoming Retreats

Visiting Teachers

Dec. 2 – 4 Retreat with Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche – Heart Sutra

Friday December 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM CST
Sunday December 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM CST

March 17 – 19 Retreat with Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche – Fundamentals of Tantra

Friday March 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM CDT
Sunday March 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM CDT

May 13 – 14 Retreat with Younge Khachab Rinpoche – Dream Yoga and Vajrayogini Empowerment

Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM CST
Sunday May 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM CST



Illuminations Rime Jewel Winter 2017

Lama Chuck Honored at the 32nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner

by Sergio Carlos Moreno-Denton

15095711_10209108913138072_7065553348709789051_nAt the 32nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner—sponsored by the Heartland Alliance of Divine Love, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, and William Jewell College—Lama Chuck Stanford was honored with the Vern Barnett Interfaith Service Award for his more than 20 years of service as the Spiritual and Executive Director of the Rime Center and his longstanding commitment to interfaith work. Continue reading

Meditations by Lama Matthew Rice Winter 2017

New Core Classes

Matt 8x10I have been a member of the Rime Buddhist Center since 2000. Over the years I have noticed that the Rime Center does a great job of introducing people to Buddhism, whether it is the Basics of Buddhism or the Core Classes. People have found this a rewarding and enriching experience.  But, over the years I have noticed that at some point people reach a level in their studies that no longer gets met by the series of classes that are offered here.  I have always wondered why that is?  What can we do as a Dharma Center to give people the support and training they need to continue to that next level? Continue reading

Tibetan New Year Celebration

Please join us Saturday, Feb. 25th at 5 p.m. as we celebrate the Tibetan New Year or Losar. This New Year is designated as the year of the Fire Bird.

GDPT Pho Hien Lion Dance TroupeLosar traces its origins to the pre- Buddhist period in Tibetan when Tibetans practiced a winter spiritual ceremony during which large amounts of incense were offered to appease the local spirits, deities and protectors. This celebration evolved into a Buddhist festival tied the introduction of time based on phases of the moon. It may have been the first celebration of what has become the tradition of farmers’ festivals. After the rudiments of the science of astrology were introduced in Tibet, the festival became known as Losar. Continue reading

Half Day Zen Meditation Retreat

Beginning with the February, 2017 half-day meditation, the Rime Center will offer a Zen style retreat once every quarter. The practice will consist of Zazen, seated meditation, Kinhin, walking meditation, chanting and Samu, or mindful work.  Meditation will be from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and the facilitators will be Nova Bradfield and Vickie Cumberland.  We will follow the practice taught by visiting teacher, Karen Maezen Miller, with a brief instruction at the beginning of the meditation.

Have you seen the new Rime Center Gift Shop?


by Daniel Scharpenburg

14681807_1419714044722660_5964650160822623645_nAs the Gift Shop Committee we made it our goal to become a real force in helping sustain the Rime Center. We set about painting the walls a beautiful color and re-arranging things so that the gift shop was a little more inviting. It is now a very beautiful space with lovely blue walls. Some of us spent a Saturday there or the re-opening party and a lot of people came in. The results since then have been very good and I think those of us that are on the gift shop staff can really feel good about the work we’re doing to help maintain the Rime Center.  A lot of people contributed time and supplies to this project. Continue reading

Sangha Voices Winter 2017

The Most Precious Jewel of Sangha

by Sergio Carlos Moreno-Denton

The Upaddha Sutta tells of a time when Ananda says to the Buddha, “This is half of the holy life: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.” Upon hearing this, the Buddha replies, “Don’t say that, Ananda. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life…with admirable people as friends, companions, and comrades, one can be expected to develop and pursue the noble eightfold path.” Continue reading