Illuminations Rime Jewel Summer 2017

Letter Writing to Buddhist Inmates Training

The Prison Outreach is adding a new way to join in- through writing letters to a Buddhist inmate. We are collaborating with Inner Peace Prison Dharma and Urgyen Pete Machik Potts. Rime members came together for the first training on Sunday, April 23rd. This training helped not only prepare members on what to expect as a volunteer and provide guidelines to know, but also to offer a way to support each other. If you are interested in becoming a part of this new program, please email prison.outreach@rimecenter.org.

Sangha Voices Sumer 2017

There’s Plenty of Room in Buddhism for Both of Us

by Daniel Scharpenburg

I don’t really like words like secular or skeptic. But to be honest, I don’t believe in spirits, magic, gods, demons, reincarnation, or psychic powers. I just don’t. I’m not closed-minded, and I don’t look down on people who believe in those things — though I’m always surprised so many do. Above all, I want people who see things the way I do to know that they aren’t alone. Continue reading

Support the Jindak Community to Meet Our Goal

With the increase in expenses from the last few years donations are no longer enough for us to break even after we pay our rent and utilities. We are challenging our Sangha members to help us meet our basic financial obligation by signing up for our Jindak Community. Our Goal is to raise $5,500 through the Jindak Community on a monthly basis to meet our basic needs of rent and utilities. The Rime Center has both ACH and Paypal options for you to support us in meeting our goal. If you’re not comfortable with a monthly commitment, there is a donation box to the right as you leave the shrine room.

Half Day Zen Meditation Retreat

The Rime Center’s half-day meditation will continue throughout the spring and summer. 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. Continue reading

Social Justice Committee makes Fall Reading Selection

The Social Justice Book Club has selected Radical Dharma: Talking Race Love and Liberation by Rev Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens with Jasmine Syedullah.

“Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening.”

More information can be found at: http://radicaldharma.org/

Member Profile Summer 2017

Member Profile – Jo Valluri

  1. Hometown: Olathe, Kansas (born in Washim, India)
  2. Your role at the Rime Buddhist Center? Sangha member
  3. Day Job: Nurse Educator, Mom, Wife.
  4. Description of your hobbies: Gardening, Cooking, Traveling, Reading.
  5. What led you to the Dharma? Curiosity about meditation, and an opportunity to live an authentically compassionate life.
  6. Tell us something that most people don’t know about you? I have met a lot of famous people. Top three,Michael Jackson, Mother Teresa, and HH The Dalai Lama many ago.
  7. What Buddhist Book would you recommend and why? I do love Allan Wallace’s Buddhism With An Attitude: The Tibetan Seven-Point Mind Training. Hope to reread it after graduate school.

Meditations by Lama Matthew Rice Summer 2017

Classes with Geshe Thinley and the 2nd Annual Bodhisattva Challenge

It is exciting times at the Rime Buddhist Center. With Geshe Thinley’s arrival we are looking at ways that he can be of benefit to the Rime Center and greater Kansas City community. One of the main benefits Geshe-la is looking forward to is teaching the Buddhadharma, and what better way to do that then to offer a Summer time course to those who would be interested in studying with Geshe-la. Continue reading