Refuge & Lay Pratimoksha Vows Ceremony

April 2, 2022 @12:30pm

On Sat April 2nd at 12:30 pm Lama Matt will be offering the Refuge and Lay Pratimoksha vows to those who have attended the Preparing for the Refuge Vows class. The refuge ceremony is when one “officially” becomes Buddhist. The act of taking refuge is a declaration of one’s intention to follow the Buddhist path. If you are interested in taking the vows, please sign up for the Preparing for the Refuge Vows class by March 30th.

Happy Tibetan New Year – Year of the Water Tiger

Artist: Michele Cavin

Losar Tashi Delek! Happy Tibetan New Year!

Losar means New Year in Tibetan. It is the first day of the first month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. For Tibetans, Losar celebration is one the most festive periods of the year observed with a lot of religious, cultural and merrymaking events.

The first fifteen days of the year commemorate the special time when Guru Shakyamuni Buddha showed miraculous powers in order to subdue the Six Founders, who lacked faith in him, and to inspire more faith in his followers. It culminates on the full moon, the fifteenth day of the lunar calendar, which is called Chotrul Duchen.

The Fifteen Days of Miracles are also a time for intensive Dharma practice. All fifteen days are merit-multiplying days, when the merit of virtuous actions performed on these days is multiplied by 100 million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

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Online Black Hayagriva Puja To Clear Away Obstacles for the Tibetan New Year

March 2, 2022 @ 7pm

Join us online Wednesday March 2, 2022 at 7pm as Lama Matthew Palden Gocha leads us in a special Black Hayagriva puja to clear away obstacles for the Tibetan New Year. Hayagriva is the wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara who symbolizes the enlightened speech of the Lotus Family of Buddha Amitabha.

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Virtual Film Screening of Mission Joy

February 1-3, 2022

In honor of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is hosting a free special film screening of MISSION: JOY Finding Happiness in Troubled Times  virtually from Tuesday, February 1, 2022 through Thursday, February 3, 2022. Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share science-backed wisdom of how to live with joy in troubled times.

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Artist Wanted!

Photo by 佑翔 賴 on Unsplash

The Rime Center is looking for artist who would like to submit an image that can be used for this year’s Losar cards. The theme for this coming Tibetan New Year is Water Tiger. If you are interested in submitting an image, please email Lama Matt with either a jpg or png file. Submissions need to be sent by Jan 30, 2022.