Dharma talk given by Geshe Lharampa Tsewang Thinley September 17th, 2017.
Welcome to The Rime Buddhist Center’s Fall curriculum. This semester you will have the opportunity to receive teachings from Geshe Lharampa Tsewang Thinley the Drepung Gomang Geshe in Residence at the Rime Center. Also we are continuing with the second half of the Tier 2 classes. Look for details below on these exciting opportunities to deepen your practice with the support of fellow practitioners.
Member Profile – Nicole Esquibel
Hometown: Denver, but I call Kansas City home now.
Role at Rime: Newsletter committee, Social Justice Committee member, Service Guild member, and a long time ago I worked the gift shop.
Day job: Professor of Film and Digital Media and the Dean of the School of Visual and Communication Arts at Avila University.
Hobbies: Riding motorcycles, cooking, live music, going to the movies, jigsaw puzzles.
What led you to the Dharma: In my early 20’s I was looking for spiritual answers and the Dharma showed me a path to understanding
Something a lot of people don’t know about you: I went to Culinary School.
Buddhist book you would recommend: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa. This book still blows my mind many years later.
November 10, 2017
Lha Bab Düchen occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth Tibetan month. Buddha’s mother Mayadevi was reborn in Indra’s heaven. To repay her kindness and to liberate her, and also to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teachings in the realm of the gods. When he was about to return to this world, Indra and Brahma manifested three stairs of 80,000 yojanas each reaching this world in Sankisa. As the Buddha walked down the central one, they accompanied him to his left and right carrying umbrellas to honor him. He descended to earth in Sankisa, which is located in modern Uttar Pradesh, and which is counted among the eight holy places. Continue reading
Charlottesville: True Spiritual Teachers by Sergio Moreno
There is an expression in Mexico: “El que calla otorga.” In English we might say, “Silence is complicity.” I grew up with this notion that to be neutral in the face of injustice was to be complicit.
When I came to the Dharma, I was taught to avoid extremes, to seek the middle way. I was taught to respond, rather than react. I was taught not to suppress my emotions, but rather to observe them. I learned that I could in fact observe strong emotions as they arose without being triggered or hooked by them. Practicing and cultivating equanimity enables us to observe these emotions without attachment or reaction. However, we must remember that equanimity is not indifference. Far from it. Continue reading
Reflections by Gabi Otto
For me, the discussion of social and racial justice is very personal. I grew up in Germany and was born not too long after Hitler’s dream of controlling the world came to an end in 1945. The savage legacy of the Holocaust has taught me the importance of denouncing and calling out injustice whenever and wherever it takes place. It is my responsibility to speak out against racism and injustice and I cannot be silent and turn a blind eye. Imagine how many lives could have been saved, if more people would have had the courage to speak out against the hatred propagated by the Nazis. Imagine how much suffering could have been averted. Continue reading
Facing the Challenge of Suffering and Injustice
Thanks to the news and social media we are more connected and informed than ever before. We are witnesses to constant suffering and injustice in our communities and our nation as a whole whether it is the increase in the confidence of racists who feel emboldened to openly spew their vitriolic speech in public spaces; the increase of xenophobia and islamophobia that feeds on people’s fears and turns neighbors against each other; or the fear and hatred that target those who love differently or identify themselves differently. For those who choose to adhere to the Bodhisattva path, what are we to do?
November 10 – 12, 2017
We are extremely delighted to welcome to Kansas City and the Rime Center Lama Rod Owen, November 10th & 12th. Lama Rod will be teaching from his book Radical Dharma. 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. Bridging the world of spirit and activism, Radical Dharma urges a compassionate response to the systemic, state-sanctioned violence and oppression that has persisted against black people since the slave era. With national attention focused on the recent killings of unarmed black citizens and the response of the Black-centered liberation groups such as Black Lives Matter, Radical Dharma demonstrates how social transformation and personal, spiritual liberation must be articulated and inextricably linked.
October 13 – 15, 2017
Mark your calendars as we welcome the return to Kansas City and the Rime Center the acclaimed Tibetan Buddhist lama and healer, Ven. Phakyab Rinpoche, October 13th & 15th. Ven. Phakyab Rinpoche will be teaching from his book Meditation Saved My Life: A Tibetan Lama and the Healing Power of the Mind.