The Rime Center Board met to discuss whether to continue with the plans to reopen the Rime Center on July 5th. Out of concern for our Sangha’s well-being, given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Rime Center Board has decided to postpone the reopening and continue hosting our Sunday Service online, using Zoom. The Board will meet again on August 22nd to discuss whether the time is right to again consider reopening. I apologize for any disappointment this might cause, and ask for your patience during this time. I look forward to a time when we can see each other in person again and appreciate your support of the Rime Center.
As the state of this public health emergency changes from day to day, we will remain focused on keeping our Sangha members safe, healthy, and informed. As such we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans as needed.
Limited Meditation Services
The Rime Buddhist Center will begin opening slowly by offering in person groups for the Sunday Service and Wednesday meditation sessions. We will also have no Dharma School until further notice and the tea station will be unavailable. The upstairs shrine room and library/kitchen will also be closed. Homeless outreach will still be postponed.
We will still be offering the Sunday Service, Green Tara, and Medicine Buddha practices along with our classes through Zoom.
Registering to Attend the Rime Center
We are asking Rime Sangha members to register online to reserve a spot to attend either the Sunday Service or Wednesday evening meditation. The registration is limited to 25 spots.
We ask that those the national health authorities have identified to be among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 or anyone who has been in large crowds or work in professions that put you at higher risk of exposure to the virus, to stay home for now and continue to join us though Zoom.
By registering you also are agreeing to hold the Rime Center harmless if you do contract COVID-19 and believe that it was contracted from attending a Rime event.
Please Wear a Mask
Sangha members will need to wear a mask at all times in the Rime Center. We want to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Don’t have a mask? No problem! Thanks to several generous and talented sowers we have extra masks for you.
Practice Social Distancing
Please remember to stay a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from other people. Let’s all be as safe as possible.
Shrine Room Restrictions
We will also ask people keep their shoes with them when entering the shrine room. When leaving the shrine room please leave through the opening by the candle table.
Gift Shop Restrictions
The gift shop will have a maximum of 2 people allowed in at a time. People are asked to use hand sanitizer before entering. We will keep the gift shop open longer to ensure people have an opportunity to shop.