Spiritual Director

Lama Matthew Rice, Lobpon Palden Gocha

Photographed by Mark Berndt

Lama Matthew Rice has been practicing Buddhism since 2000 and has received many teachings from numerous teachers such as H.H. Dalai Lama, Wangdor Rinpoche and Lama Lodu Rinpoche, as well as Lama Lena and Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche. His root teacher, Younge Khachab Rinpoche has been his primary lama and mentor since 2004.

Through these teachers Lama Matt has received empowerments and instructions to engage in tantric practices. In addition, he has received Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings, the most profound aspect of Buddhist teachings. As a result of these traditional Buddhist trainings, he has achieved a level of knowledge and experience that qualifies him to guide students on the path of the dharma.

Lama Matt’s main tradition is the Ngakpa tradition of the Nyingma lineage. He also adheres to the Rimé philosophical approach of non-sectarianism. Thanks in part to this approach he also has connections to both Kagyu and Gelug lineages.

Currently Lama Matthew serves as the spiritual leader of the Rime Buddhist Center that he administers on a day-to-day basis. In addition he teaches classes on meditation and Buddhism and performs Buddhist ceremonies, including weddings and funerals. Lama Matthew also serves as the Buddhist Director for the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, and is a member of both the Parliament of World Religions, and the North American Buddhist Alliance. Lama Matthew also spends his time with organizations in the Kansas City community who are working at ending social and economic issues of injustice.

Zhabs brten dPal ldan Go cha and Ti ka