Summer 2018 Class Schedule

Welcome to The Rime Buddhist Center’s summer curriculum. This semester Geshe Lharampa Tsewang Thinley will continue to lead classes on Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra. There are also exciting classes that will be offered on Wednesday evenings.  Look for details below on these opportunities to deepen your practice with the support of fellow practitioners. Continue reading

Illuminations Summer 2018

Believe in the Dream! Invitation to Rime Temple Fundraiser

It is with joyous heart that I share with you the news that with the support of the Sangha the Rime Board has purchased land for the future home of the Rime Center. We invite you to participate in a truly unique project – building the first Tibetan Buddhist Temple here in Kansas City. We are asking for your help in raising $150K for the down payment on the construction loan for the temple. Support us as we open the doors of lovingkindness to a community in need, while employing principles of access for all abilities and in the spirit of responsible financial husbandry.




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Sangha Voices Summer 2018

Taking the Jukai  by Vickie Reiju Cumberland

A few months ago, I took Jukai with Karen Maezen Miller at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles.  This sounds kind of exotic, but really it’s not. Maezen is my teacher. Los Angeles is where she practices.  It’s as simple as that. Lama Matt asked me to write a few words, so here goes. Continue reading

Chenrezig Teachings with Lama Lena

June 15 – 17, 2018

We are delighted to welcome back Lama Lena to the Rime Center, June 15 through 17. Lama Lena will be giving teachings on Chenrezig and leading us through guided practices. These simple, instructions will teach you how to visualize Chenrezig. She will also be sharing a rare and unique teaching from Lama Yeshi that she received directly.

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Saga Dawa Düchen

May 29, 2018

Saga Dawa Duchen is one of the most important sacred Buddhist days. The full moon day of fourth Tibetan month is commemorates Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (passing away). All the merits of virtues actions done on this day are multiplies on hundred million times.

The Rime Center will be hosting a special puja to commemorate the Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma and will be open during the day for you to come in and meditate at your own pace and time limit. The Special Puja will begin at 7:00 pm and will be led by Geshe Lharampa Tsewang Thinley.

Chökhor Düchen, the ‘Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma’

July 16, 2018

Chökhor Düchen, the ‘Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma’. It occurs on the fourth day of the sixth Tibetan lunar month. For seven weeks after his enlightenment, Buddha did not teach. Finally, encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time, at Sarnath, by teaching the ‘Four Noble Truths’.

The Rime Center will be hosting a special puja to commemorate the Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma and will be open after the noon meditation for you to come in and meditate at your own pace and time limit. The Special Shakyamuni Puja will begin at 7:00 pm and will be led by Lama Matthew Rice.

Member Profile Summer 2018

1. Hometown: Kansas City, MO. Grew up around the corner from Rime with lots of family and important life events at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

2. Role at Rime: Member, Volunteer, Student

3. Day job: My husband, Geoff, and I have a startup called Shark Off. We make shark repellent surfware jewelry. 100% effective in the KC metro area! I am Boss Momma (aka CEO) and he is Big Kahuna (aka COO). We are excited about helping people lose the fear and love the ocean.

4. Hobbies: Volunteering, reading, Netflix bingeing, doula-ing, feng shui, archery, triathlons

5. What led you to the Dharma: I was teaching and practicing Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui. I thought I should understand what that really meant. Geoff and I also wanted our son, Max, to have a foundation in a “faith” community that truly valued humans. We took the Basics of Buddhism class in the fall of 2016 and found a home in Rime. We desperately try to quiet our chattering monkey minds a couple of times a week with our sangha.

6. Something a lot of people don’t know about you: I got to rip the door off a car with the jaws of life! And I caught my sister’s last baby. Mothers deliver babies, doulas catch babies (only when the midwife is late).

7. Buddhist book you would recommend: Buddhism is Not What You Think It Is by Steve Hagen

Calling the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Dharma talk given by Lama Matthew Rice April 29th, 2018.

Calling the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, think of us. Behold us from the place of great bliss on the crown of our head Bring us to meet the very face of the dharmakaya, The awareness of our true nature, And in this very life, bring us to complete enlightenment.

Alas, sentient beings like ourselves, who have committed negative actions, Wander in samsara from beginningless time. Still experiencing endless suffering. We do not feel even an instant of repentance. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, think of us, behold us swiftly with compassion. Bless us that renunciation arises from the depth of our heart.

We conceal within ourselves a mountain of faults; Yet, we put down others and broadcast their shortcomings, Though they be minute as a sesame seed. Though we have not the slightest good qualities, We boast saying how great we are We have the label of Dharma practitioners, but practice only non-Dharma. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, think of us, behold us swiftly with compassion. Bless us that we lose our pride and self-centeredness.

We conceal within the demon of ego-clinging that always brings us to ruin. All of our thoughts cause kleshas to increase All of our actions haven on-virtuous results. We have not even turned towards the path of liberation Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, think of us, behold us swiftly with compassion Bless us that grasping onto a self be uprooted.

A little praise makes us happy; a little blame makes us sad. With a few harsh words, we lose the armor of our patience. Even if we see those who are destitute, no compassion arises. When there is an opportunity to be generous, we are tied in knots by greed. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, think of us, behold us swiftly with compassion. Bless us that our mind be one with the Dharma.

Although we have taken refuge, engendered bodhichitta and made prayers, Devotion and compassion have not arisen in the depths of our being. Dharma activity and the practice of virtue have turned into hollow words; Our empty achievements are many but none have moved our mind Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, think of us, behold us swiftly with compassion. Bless us that whatever we do is in harmony with the Dharma.

Bless us that repentance arises from deep within. Bless us that our path becomes free of obstacles. Bless us that we are able to exert ourselves in practice. Bless us that we bring difficult situations onto the path. Bless us that we see the very face of the minds true nature. Bless us that we achieve enlightenment in one lifetime.

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