Refuge Vows and Sangha Potluck

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Taking refuge in the three jewels is a strict prerequisite for any kind of relationship with the Buddhist teachings. The objects of refuge are the: Buddha, Dharma & Sangha (also known as the precious triple gem) grant protection to the spiritual seeker. 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. The format will consist of two teachings sessions and ending with the refuge ceremony. As part of the refuge ceremony one is also given a new refuge name. At the end of the service we will have a potluck so please bring a dish to share.

Preceptors: Geshe Lharampa Tsewang Thinley and Lama Matthew Palden Gocha
Date: One Session Sunday April 26, 2020
Times: 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Class Fee: No fees, but dana (donation) to the teacher suggested.
Prerequisite: Basics of Buddhism and Refuge Class

Bodhisattva Vows

April 22, 2020

The bodhisattva precepts are taken on the basis of having taken refuge in the Three Jewels and some or all of the five lay precepts. Buddha prescribed the precepts in order to protect us from doing actions that bring unhappy results and to help us attain awakening quickly and easily. Therefore, precepts are not burdens to bear but are ornaments to be worn joyfully. The format will consist of a teaching session by Lama Matthew Palden Gocha and ending with the Bodhisattva Vow ceremony. No fees but dana to the teacher is suggested. We do ask that you have taken Refuge Vows previously.

Preceptor: Lama Matthew Palden Gocha
Dates: One session on Wednesday April 22, 2020
Time: 7:45 pm – 9 pm
Prerequisite: Bodhisattva Challenge, Tier 1 Classes and Refuge Vows

Full Day Meditation Retreat – Green Tara

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March 7, 2020

Green Tara is a wonderful Yidam practice to do that helps eliminates fears and obstacles (i.e. fears within your mind) from one’s life. Tara is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in the form of a female for the benefit of all beings. She especially protects all sentient beings from the eight great fears. Continue reading

Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death with Karma Lekshe Tsomo

April 3 – 5, 2019

April 3-5, 2020, Karma Lekshe Tsomo will teach on Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death. She will talk about Buddhist notions of human consciousness and personal identity and how these figure in the Buddhist view of death. Beliefs about death and enlightenment and states between life and death will also discussed. Karma Lekshe Tsomo will also examine topics such as cloning, abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, organ donation, genetic engineering, and stem-cell research within a Buddhist context, introducing new ways of thinking about these highly controversial issues.

This event is open to everyone, but please consider being a sponsor for this retreat for as little at $150. Your sponsorship will ensure everyone can attend these wonderful teachings.

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Chotrul Düchen, the ‘Festival of Miracles’

March 9, 2020

Chotrul Düchen occurs on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Tibetan calendar during the full moon, which is called Bumgyur Dawa. The first fifteen days of the year celebrate the fifteen days during which the Buddha displayed miracles for his disciples in order to increase their devotion.

The Rime Center will be hosting a special puja to commemorate the Festival of Miracles and will be open during the day for you to come in and meditate at your own pace.

Schedule:
6:30 am – Lama Matt will give 24 hour vows
8:00 am – Open meditation begins
7:00 pm – Ven. Geshe Thinley will lead special puja ceremony

Tibetan New Year Celebration

Please join us Monday, February 24th at 6 pm as we celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year. This new year is designated as the year of the Iron Mouse.

Losar traces its origins to the pre-Buddhist period in Tibet when, every winter, Tibetans held a spiritual ceremony, offering large amounts of incense to please local spirits, deities, and protectors. Around the period when the measurement of time based on phases of the moon was introduced, this ceremony evolved into an annual Buddhist festival, which may have been the first celebration of what has become the traditional farmers’ festivals. Later, after the rudiments of the science of astrology were introduced in Tibet, the farmers’ festival became known as Losar. Continue reading

34th Annual World Peace Meditation

December 31st, 2019 at 6 am

The Bodhisattva Award Winner is PeaceWorks Kansas City.

The Rime Buddhist center will host the 34th Annual World Peace Meditation, an interfaith gathering on December 31, at 6:00 a.m. (*please arrive by 5:30 a.m.). The program will consist of religious observances from various cultures and faith traditions including Native American smudging, Tibetan Buddhist chanting and meditation, Christian prayer, devotional music, Sufi dancing, and the Muslim “call to prayer.”

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Open House Holiday Concert Fundraiser

December 8, 2019

The Rime Center will be having an open house and fundraiser to support its endeavor of building the first Tibetan Buddhist Temple here in Kansas City. Learn about the different programs that the Rime Center offers to the community.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, tamale sale, and more. The Rime Gift Shop will have 20% off all non-book items and will be open throughout the day.

The highlight of the event will be Barefoot Bran’s holiday concert. Bran is a folk singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist based in and around Kansas City. With a healthy dose of tree hugging and dreaming, Bran crafts his unique, down-to-earth folk songs that aim to tell stories that are inspiring, insightful, and ofttimes humorous.

Open House begins at 5 pm with music beginning at 6 pm.

Purifying the Body, Speech and Mind with Younge Khachab Rinpoche

September 21 – 22, 2019

Join us as we welcome Younge Khachab Rinpoche back to Kansas City. Rinpoche will be teaching the basis for understanding the Vajrayana path and be giving an introduction into the practice of Tsa Lung, or the yogic practice of working with the channels and winds. Rinpoche will introduce the three continuums, upon which we can understand the practice of tantra, and teach various methods for purifying our own body, speech and mind to actualize our innate buddhanature in this very lifetime.

This event is open to everyone, but please consider being a sponsor for this retreat for as little at $150. Your sponsorship will ensure everyone can attend these wonderful teachings.

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Lha Bab Düchen, the ‘Festival of the Descent from Heaven’

November 19, 2019

Lha Bab Düchen occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth Tibetan month. Buddha’s mother Mayadevi was reborn in Indra’s heaven. To repay her kindness and to liberate her, and also to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teachings in the realm of the gods. When he was about to return to this world, Indra and Brahma manifested three stairs of 80,000 yojanas each reaching this world in Sankisa. As the Buddha walked down the central one, they accompanied him to his left and right carrying umbrellas to honor him. He descended to earth in Sankisa, which is located in modern Uttar Pradesh, and which is counted among the eight holy places. Continue reading