Lama Lena: Dzogchen Instructions on The Direct Instruction of Shri Singha

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June 24th–26th, 2016

Lama Lena

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We enthusiastically welcome back Lama Lena to the Rime Center on June 24th through June 26th. Lama Lena will be teaching on Padmasambhava’s The Treasure of the Lotus Crystal Cave: The Direct Instruction of Shri Singha. Lama Lena is a highly accomplished yogini in the Dzogchen tradition who will guide us through very clear and accurate Dzogchen teachings. She is accessible, easy to relate to, open to questions, and willing to deal directly with many of the questions to which we are seeking answers. Continue reading

Kansas City 1st Annual Sutra Resounding

Kansas City’s 1st Annual Sutra Resounding.  Buddhist groups from around the metro came together to celebrate Saga Dawa/Vesak by reading Sutras aloud.  The event was hosted by the Rime Buddhist Center with support from 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha.  This event also highlighted 84000’s efforts in translating the Tibetan Kangyur and Tengyur into English.  You can find out more about their efforts by visiting 84000.co.

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Modern Colloquial Tibetan Language – Beginner Level

This is the class for those who don’t want to read literary Tibetan, but who do want to say some easy modern sentences. We will practice simple conversations using English letters that will give us the approximate sound. If you travel, you won’t be able to spell words or read signs, but you will be able to ask and answer simple questions, make small talk, order dinner, and be polite. Each week at home you will listen to recordings of native speakers to get the Central Tibetan accent right. In class, we will practice speaking in Tibetan with each other. If you have particular phrases, questions, or statements you want to know, please email me so that we can include them in the class. Continue reading

Images of Enlightenment

We will explore the art and common symbolism of some of the most important images formally known as “Thangkas” and Mandalas in Buddhism. A basic understanding of the tradition of spiritual self-transformation embodied by these icons of Tibetan Buddhism will add to your understanding of the concepts discussed in this course but is not a requirement. Explore the bold colors, strange creatures, and exquisitely beautiful images used on the path to enlightenment. Continue reading

Lojong – Mind Training

The Lojong Practice consists of mind training techniques organized around seven points that contain fifty-nine pithy slogans. The teachings are designed to engender compassion, wisdom and improved meditation techniques so that we may awaken our hearts and become Bodhisattvas. Uniquely they teach us how to utilize problems and difficulties to obtain these very qualities. Tonglen is the associated meditation practice and it assists in training the mind to relate compassionately with what we prefer to push away and learn to give away and share that which we hold most dear. Continue reading

Adapting to Who We Are

Chronic illness is like all of life’s challenges that suddenly and persistently impinge on what has been our usual day to day functioning: we are no longer the same person we considered our self to be previously. A new obstacle whether we feel too poorly to get out of bed, have a new limp or swagger, become responsible unexpectedly for the well being of another human, loose the ability to express our self with the same grandeur, or can no longer drive—all are as limiting as we allow them to be. The biggest problem is that it is incredibly hard not to take the situation personally and thus add to the difficulty of adapting to our or our loved one’s changed situation/condition. Discussion will encompass all these issues as well as learning how to begin bringing obstacles to our spiritual paths so we can live a satisfying life. Continue reading

Saga Dawa Düchen and Sutra Resounding

Saga Dawa Düchen May 21, 2016

43_49_1c0a7abc1d89391Saga Dawa Düchen is one of the most important sacred Buddhist days. The full moon day of fourth Tibetan month is commemorates Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (passing away). All the merits of virtues actions done on this day are multiplies on hundred million times.

The Rime Center will be hosting a series of Shakyamuni Buddha and Chenrezig Pujas, and open meditation sessions. The morning will start with participants receiving the 24 hour Mahayana vows and will have available open meditation sessions as an opportunity for you to come in and meditate throughout the day at your own pace and time limit. The evening will end with a Sūtra resounding event that Rime Center will be jointly hosting with 84000.co. Continue reading