Welcome To The Rime Center
The Rime Buddhist Center is a non-sectarian Tibetan Buddhist center located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. We are located in a beautiful 7,000 sq. foot, 100-year-old church, that can accommodate up to 250 people. On the second floor is a residential retreat center with twelve beds, divided into a men's and a women's dorm. The Rime Center also has a gift shop and bookstore that carries a variety of Dharma books and practice items.
Your donation helps support the various programs, classes, teacher visits and outreaches of the Rime Buddhist Center.
The Rime Buddhist Center is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization.
All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Cultivating Conative Intelligence
Join B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., dynamic
lecturer, progressive scholar, and one of
the most prolific writers and translators
of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, as he
leads a weekend retreat on Cultivating
Conative Intelligence. Wallace endeavors
to chart relationships and commonalities
between Eastern and Western scientific,
philosophical, and contemplative modes of
inquiry. He has practiced Buddhism since
1970 and has taught theory since 1976.
After training for 14 years as a Buddhist
monk, Wallace was ordained by H.H. Dalai
Lama. He has undergraduate degrees
in physics and the philosophy of science
from Amherst College and a doctorate in
religious studies from Stanford. He is the
president and founder of the Santa Barbara
Institute for Consciousness Studies, and
he teaches Buddhist philosophy and
meditation throughout Europe and North
Conation is the mental faculty of desire
and intention, so it is enormously influential
in determining the course of our lives. All
of us seek happiness and wish to avoid
suffering, and our desires and intentions
lead us in those pursuits, but all too often
we are misled by ill-conceived, unwise
aspirations and goals that lead us into great
dissatisfaction. The cultivation of conative
intelligence consists of learning how to
cultivate motivations and ideals that are
truly conducive to our own and others’
Core to this pursuit is understanding the
nature and causes of genuine happiness,
which arises from within, versus hedonic
happiness, which is dependent on outer
conditions and is by nature transient.
During this weekend retreat, Alan Wallace
will teach practical methods for cultivating
wise desires so that we may all find
increasing happiness as we grow old in
Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
||Introductory Talk |
Saturday, December 7
||Full Day Meditation Retreat
9 a.m. - noon
||(A light vegetarian lunch will be included.)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 10:30 a.m.
||Sunday Service Dharma Talk
Friday Night Talk Only: $25.
All Sessions: $175 in advance or $195 at the door.
For more information: view the flyer here.
Online Registration Available: Click Here
(Please note there is a $2.00 service fee to help us cover the expense of this service)
An Interfaith Gathering
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi
As part of the 28th Annual Meditation For World Peace, the Rime Buddhist Center, 700 W. Pennway, Kansas City, Mo., will host an interfaith peace gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 5:30 a.m. The program will consist of religious observances from various faith traditions. Prayers for peace will be offered by each of the 15 faith traditions represented on the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council.
A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Bodhisattva Award. Our award this year will be given posthumously to Robert K. "Bob" Hentzen, the visionary president and co-founder of Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). He died on October 8, 2013, in Guatemala, he was 77 years old. The organization he co-founded with three siblings, Bud Hentzen, Jim Hentzen and Nadine Pearce, and friend Jerry Tolle, became a global force of love in the world. Today, CFCA has grown into a movement of more than 250,000 sponsors who are supporting more than 300,000 children, youth and aging friends worldwide. "Bob walked right into the hearts of people in poverty all over the world," said CFCA CEO Paco Wertin. "He built bridges across divides."
Representing the organization will be Paul Pearce. Elizabeth Alex, (formerly of Channel 41 TV), who works for the organization, will help to present the award and explain a little about the organization and tell us more about Robert K "Bob" Hentzen. The Foundation for Children and Aging provides financial resources to 308,000 families in field offices staffed in 21 countries. They are the largest non-profit organization in the state of Kansas and listed by Forbes magazine in the top 200 non-profits in the country. 94% of their revenue is spent directly on program funding.
State greetings will be given by The Honorable Dr. Charles B. Wheeler, former Missouri State Senator. Former Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Brooks will give community greetings. The keynote speaker this year will be Judge Jon R. Gray. After more than 20 years of serving as a circuit judge in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri, Jon R. Gray joined the Kansas City office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon as a partner in the General Litigation Division. He is licensed to practice before the Missouri Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is a life member of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumni Association and the NAACP.
The event is free and open to the public. Please arrive by 5:30 a.m. (starting at 6:00 a.m.) and bring canned goods for Harvesters.
For more information: view the flyer here.