Karen Maezen Miller – Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden

October 23-25th, 2015

No Set Fee – Pay Whatever You Can Afford

255143_2101125735707_5486565_nZen priest Karen Maezen Miller will lead an introduction to Zen practices and teachings on her newest book Paradise in Plain Sight, during the weekend retreat October 23rd – 25th. Participants will receive a full taste of the Zen tradition. She will teach zazen (Zen meditation) with its emphasis on the breath, walking meditation, and an introduction to Zen chanting. These are the traditional mindfulness practices that are incorporated into a Zen retreat. This retreat will also teach on Zen lessons in fearlessness, forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and contentment. The teachings are personal and informal, appropriate to all practitioners who like Maezen Miller gathers inspiration from the ground beneath her feet to remind us that paradise is always here and now. Continue reading

Drepung Gomang Monks Sacred Art Tour Returns to Kansas City

September 15 – October 4th, 2015

Drepung MonksThe Rime Buddhist Center is once gain honored to host the Drepung Gomang Sacred Art Tour. This tour shares the compassion and wisdom of Tibetan Buddhist culture throughout the country.  The Monks will be in Kansas City, September 15 through October 4. Events planned include a Sand Mandala creation, cooking classes, cultural performances, in addition to Pujas and Dharma Teachings at the Rime Center. Please visit the KC tour Facebook page for event details, Drepung Gomang Tour – Kansas City.
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Santikaro – Entering the Buddha’s Path with Breathing and All Day Retreat

September 11-13th, 2015

No Set Fee – Pay Whatever You Can Afford

Santikaro.NewSantikaro, a former Theravada monk, returns to the Rime Buddhist Center to present the full range of practice of mindfulness with breathing.

Mindfulness with Breathing is the primary meditative system of Early Buddhism. In it, the Buddha outlined a series of mindful contemplations that begin with the breathing body and work up through insight into the nature of Mind and Dhamma culminating in true knowing and liberation. Santikaro will offer an overview of this system Friday evening, September 11, along with guided practice in the basics of mindful breathing. Saturday’s workshop will explore further developments, primarily through guided practices, discussion, and silent meditation. Continue reading

Come Celebrate 20 Years of the Rime Center

July 25th, 2015

Rime20thJoin us as we celebrate 20 years of the Rime Center in Kansas City.  Come early and help kick off the party with Lama Chuck and Mary.

There will be an open house beginning a 4:30 pm with live music from Cachecanto, featuring Rime member Thomas Nelson. Children of all ages will have fun creating sidewalk chalk art and making prayer flags. Potluck dinner starts at 6:00 pm, in true Rime Center fashion!

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Lama Lena: Dzogchen from a Wandering Yogini

June 26th–28th, 2015

No Set Fee – Pay Whatever You Can Afford

Lama LenaWe are delighted to welcome back Lama Lena to the Rime Center, June 26 through 28. Lama Lena is a highly accomplished yogini in the Dzogchen tradition who will deliver very clear and accurate teachings on “Dzogchen from a Wandering Yogini.” 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

Rime Center Commemorates Saka Dawa Day

All Day Practice – Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Saka Dawa is the holiest holiday on the Buddhist calendar. It recognizes the Buddha’s: birth, enlightenment and death. We will start the day at 5:30 a.m. by giving the “Eight Mahayana Precepts” to those would like to receive them. These five precepts (plus three more) are taken for only 24 hours. By taking these eight precepts and keeping them for 24 hours it is considered have merit beyond measure.

We will commemorate the day with Pujas for Shakyamuni Buddha along with periods of open meditation sessions. Continue reading

Healing Through Shamatha Meditation and Vajrapani

Venerable Phakyab Rinpoche

May 29 – 31, 2015

No Set Fee – Pay Whatever You Can Afford

Venerable Phakyab RinpocheMark your calendars for a wonderful teaching by the acclaimed Tibetan Buddhist lama and healer, Ven. Phakyab Rinpoche. Register to attend his teachings on Healing through Shamatha Meditation. Shamatha meditation is a simple practice great for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Shamatha means “calm abiding” in Sanskrit, and this meditation focuses on allowing the mind’s natural state to be accessed by focusing the breath on a specific object and letting all other thought slip away. As the meditation practice deepens, the space between thoughts becomes greater and more profound, making room for our true inner nature of unconditional love, peace, and healing to arise and expand. Continue reading

Monthly Half-Day Meditation Retreat

Our monthly half-day retreat is offered on the first Saturday of each month. The focus will be upon shamatha meditation and it is a wonderful way to deepen your practice. The retreats will focus on releasing ego clinging and training the mind in compassion through shamatha meditation. Beginners are encouraged to attend, but must first have received meditation instruction. We will be observing noble silence throughout the retreat. Tea and bottled water will be provided.

Date & Time: First Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Facilitator: Brent Crawford
Suggested Donation: $15
Prerequisite: Must have receive prior meditation instruction. No meditation instruction is given at the retreat.

Cultivating Cognitive Balance

All Day Retreat with Alan Wallace

April 24 – 26, 2015

Alan WallaceAlan Wallace continues his plan for yearly visits to the Rime Buddhist Center with his teachings on the aspects of mental balance. In this workshop, Dr. B. Alan Wallace will discuss how to cultivate the cognitive intelligence that enables us to free ourselves of those cognitive imbalances. Continue reading