Radical Dharma: An Online Book Discussion

October 11, 2021 @ 7:45 pm

The Rime Center’s Social Justice Committee is proud to sponsor a 5 week online book discussion on Radical Dharma. Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, ignites a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular. Read more…

Black and Buddhist: A Book Discussion

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”

Letter of Support for George Floyd and the Black Community

On behalf of the Rime Buddhist Center, I and the Rime Board of Directors want to express our sadness for the murder of George Floyd and all Black people who have been killed and oppressed over the last 400 years. The death of George Floyd is unacceptable and he is another victim in a long list of violence towards the Black community at the hands of police that must stop. Continue reading