Black and Buddhist: A Book Discussion

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August 4, 2021 @ 7:45 pm

The Rime Center’s Social Justice Committee is proud to sponsor a 4 week discussion on Black and Buddhist. We will be discussing the book Black and Buddhist, which brings together a powerful collection of writings from African American teachers who are from all the major Buddhist traditions, as they tell their stories of how race and Buddhist practice have intersected in their lives. Read more…

Juneteenth Statement by the Rime Center and the Social Justice Committee

Juneteenth is the oldest nationwide remembrance of the ending of slavery in the United States. Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the war had ended and emancipation was granted to the enslaved on June 19, 1865, almost two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

There are many celebrations and events planned for Juneteenth in Kansas City and plenty of ways to participate. Please visit www.juneteenth-kc.com for a listing of celebratory and community service activities. In addition, additional information on the African American history in Kansas City and the nation can be found here – https://www.juneteenth-kc.com/history. In Buddhism, we believe in carrying the Bodhisattva spirit in our hearts and engaging in altruistic actions to benefit all sentient. The Rime Center and the Social Justice Committee encourages the sangha to reflect on the significance of this day.

His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Daily Prayer – “May the frightened cease to be afraid, and those bound be freed; May the powerless find power, and may people think of benefiting each other”

Special Chenrezig Practice for Kathy Ellis – Online

June 16, 2021 @ 7:00pm

It is with a sad heart to announce the passing of long time sangha member Kathy Ellis. Kathy passed away June 9, 2021. Kathy had been a long time active sangha member and Service Guild member. We will be having a special practice session for Kathy. She will be missed. You can find out information about her obituary, memorial, and send flowers from the Charter Funerals of Kansas City, MO.

Join us this Wednesday, June 16th, at 7pm for a special practice session of four-arm Chenrezig. Continue reading

Happy PRIDE!

This month the Rime Center and the Rainbow Body Meditation Group will be celebrating pride month.

Join us online Thursdays at 7:30 pm for our Trans Buddhist Voices class. While trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary practitioners have experienced empowerment and healing through their commitment to the Three Jewels, they also share their experiences of isolation, transphobia, and aggression. In the book Transcending we will read about the firsthand accounts, thoughts, and reflections. You will need to register to get the Zoom lin.

The Rime Center has Reopened!

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The Rime Center has reopened for all of our programs. Thanks to the generosity of St Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church, They have offered to host the Rime Center for our Sunday Services until we can get our meditation hall built. The Rime Center will continue hosting our Sunday Service online, using Zoom. Evening meditations will have in-person gatherings at the Rime Center’s location on Wayne Ave, but will continue to have Zoom offerings for our classes and programs. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for Sunday Service!

The Rime Center is looking for volunteers to help run the Zoom meeting during the Sunday Service on Sundays from 10:30am-12pm. Volunteers would need to be familiar with hosting Zoom meetings and running PowerPoint/Google Slide presentations. Volunteers will also need to be on-site at the Rime Center at 10am and be able to stay throughout the entire service. Masks are required when at the Rime Center.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Message for Earth Day 2021

On Earth Day 2021, I appeal to my brothers and sisters throughout the world to look at both the challenges and the opportunities before us on this one blue planet that we share.

I often joke that the moon and stars look beautiful, but if any of us tried to live on them, we would be miserable. This planet of ours is a delightful habitat. Its life is our life, its future our future. Indeed, the earth acts like a mother to us all. Like children, we are dependent on her. In the face of such global problems as the effect of global heating and depletion of the ozone layer, individual organizations and single nations are helpless. Unless we all work together, no solution can be found. Our mother earth is teaching us a lesson in universal responsibility.

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Help Support Give SevenDays

April 13-25, 2021

Join Lama Matt and other Rime Sangha members as we participate in this year’s Give SevenDays events. Following the April 13, 2014 tragedy at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas, a group of caring individuals decided that we, as a community, have the power to outshine and overcome such senseless acts of hate. SevenDays is a challenge for young and old, to embrace diversity across races, religions and cultures. Continue reading