What do I want to share with my Sangha about Social Justice and Racial Justice?

Reflections by Gabi Otto

Photographed by Mark Berndt

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

Meditations by Lama Matthew Rice Summer 2017

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?
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Lama Rod Owens: Radical Dharma

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.

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Kum Nye – Tibetan Yoga Workshop with Santosh Philip

September 22 – 24, 2017

We are delighted to welcome to Kansas City and the Rime Center Santosh Philip, September 22nd through 24th. Santosh will be leading us in a system of Tibetan yoga called Kum Nye. Based on a traditional healing system, Kum Nye Yoga helps to relieve stress, transform negative patterns and promote balance and health. Developed by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku, this presentation of Kum Nye practices is thoroughly modern and adapted specifically to suit modern needs. The practice of Kum Nye includes stillness, movement, postures, breathing exercises, self-massage and a little bit of visualization. These practices address the three kinds of tension held in the body – 1) superficial tensions, 2) blockages in the energy channels, and 3) knots in the chakras.

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Summer 2017 Class Schedule

Welcome to The Rime Buddhist Center’s summer 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 back by popular demand is our 2nd Annual Bodhisattva Challenge.  Look for details below on these exciting opportunities to deepen your practice with the support of fellow practitioners.
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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.