Illuminations Rime Jewel Winter 2017

Lama Chuck Honored at the 32nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner

by Sergio Carlos Moreno-Denton

15095711_10209108913138072_7065553348709789051_nAt the 32nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner—sponsored by the Heartland Alliance of Divine Love, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, and William Jewell College—Lama Chuck Stanford was honored with the Vern Barnett Interfaith Service Award for his more than 20 years of service as the Spiritual and Executive Director of the Rime Center and his longstanding commitment to interfaith work. Continue reading

Meditations by Lama Matthew Rice Winter 2017

New Core Classes

Matt 8x10I have been a member of the Rime Buddhist Center since 2000. Over the years I have noticed that the Rime Center does a great job of introducing people to Buddhism, whether it is the Basics of Buddhism or the Core Classes. People have found this a rewarding and enriching experience.  But, over the years I have noticed that at some point people reach a level in their studies that no longer gets met by the series of classes that are offered here.  I have always wondered why that is?  What can we do as a Dharma Center to give people the support and training they need to continue to that next level? Continue reading

Tibetan New Year Celebration

Please join us Saturday, Feb. 25th at 5 p.m. as we celebrate the Tibetan New Year or Losar. This New Year is designated as the year of the Fire Bird.

GDPT Pho Hien Lion Dance TroupeLosar traces its origins to the pre- Buddhist period in Tibetan when Tibetans practiced a winter spiritual ceremony during which large amounts of incense were offered to appease the local spirits, deities and protectors. This celebration evolved into a Buddhist festival tied the introduction of time based on phases of the moon. It may have been the first celebration of what has become the tradition of farmers’ festivals. After the rudiments of the science of astrology were introduced in Tibet, the festival became known as Losar. Continue reading

Half Day Zen Meditation Retreat

The Rime Center offers a Zen style retreat once every quarter. The practice will consist of Zazen, seated meditation, Kinhin, walking meditation, chanting and Samu, or mindful work. We will follow the practice taught by visiting teacher, Karen Maezen Miller, with a brief instruction at the beginning of the meditation.

Schedule:
9 am – 9:15 am – Morning service (chanting)
9:15 am – 9:45 am – Zazen (seated meditation)
9:45 am – 10 am – Kinhin (walking meditation)
10 am – 11:15 am – Alternating seated-walking in periods of 20 or 30 minutes seated and 10-15 minutes walking
11:15 am – 12 pm – Samu (mindful work) and do general cleaning around the temple.

Date & Time: 2nd Saturday of February, May, August and November, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Instructor: Nova Bradfield and Vickie Cumberland
Suggested Donation: $15

Have you seen the new Rime Center Gift Shop?

 

by Daniel Scharpenburg

14681807_1419714044722660_5964650160822623645_nAs the Gift Shop Committee we made it our goal to become a real force in helping sustain the Rime Center. We set about painting the walls a beautiful color and re-arranging things so that the gift shop was a little more inviting. It is now a very beautiful space with lovely blue walls. Some of us spent a Saturday there or the re-opening party and a lot of people came in. The results since then have been very good and I think those of us that are on the gift shop staff can really feel good about the work we’re doing to help maintain the Rime Center.  A lot of people contributed time and supplies to this project. Continue reading

Sangha Voices Winter 2017

The Most Precious Jewel of Sangha

by Sergio Carlos Moreno-Denton

The Upaddha Sutta tells of a time when Ananda says to the Buddha, “This is half of the holy life: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.” Upon hearing this, the Buddha replies, “Don’t say that, Ananda. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life…with admirable people as friends, companions, and comrades, one can be expected to develop and pursue the noble eightfold path.” Continue reading

Younge Khachab Rinpoche: Dream Yoga Teachings and Vajrasattva Empowerment

May 13th–14th, 2017

m_f7fa3d99d68a2c6d5921eb6e14a6282cWe are extremely delighted to welcome back Younge Khachab Rinpoche the Rime Center, May 13 through 14th. Rinpoche will be giving teachings on the Dream Yoga and give the Vajrasattva empowerment. In the bardo of dream, the primary methods taught to realize the nature of mind and appearances is the training in Dream yoga. This set of practices includes training in recognition of the dream state, also called “lucid dreaming”; transforming the dream state once recognition is gained; and the enhancement practices, by which obstacles are overcome.

Rinpoche will bestow the Vajrasattva empowerment. Minling Dorsem or ‘Mindroling Vajrasattva’ is a famous practice of Vajrasattva revealed as a terma by Terdak Lingpa in 1676. Vajrasattva is a sambhogakaya Buddha who embodies all of the five Buddha families. He is also a support for purification practices. Rinpoche will be giving extensive and practical instructions based on his vast study and personal experience. This is an incredible opportunity to receive teachings and instruction from a true Dzogchen master.

“Since he is the all-pervading lord of the hundred buddha families and the single buddha family of the great secret, he is unlike any other deity.” – Yukhok Chatralwa Chöying Rangdrol

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Fundamentals of Tantra with Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

April 14 – 16, 2017

tulku-yeshi-outdoorsWe are delighted to welcome back Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche April 14th – 16th and give teachings on the fundamentals of Tantra. Rinpoche will be teaching from Jigme Lingpa’s Treasury of Precious Qualities (Yönten Dzö), the chapter on the Pitaka of the Vidyadharas.  This chapter covers many aspects of tantric practice, but Rinpoche will give us an overview of empowerments and samayas.  He will also teach on the three samadhis and four stakes that bind the life force.  

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