Visiting the Rime Center for the very first time can be an overwhelming experience. Let us put you at ease. The Rime Center strives to make your first visit to us as friendly and enjoyable as possible. We want you to experience the vibrant ambiance of our center. Whether it is the colorful paintings hanging on the walls, the smell of incense drifting through the air, the sacred surroundings of our shrine room, or the friendly people you will meet, we hope you and your family will find the Rime Center a place to call home.
The Rime Center is located off 71 Highway and is at the cross streets of Wayne Ave and 30th St. Like most locations in that area the Rime Center only has on street parking next to the building. We do ask that you are considerate of our neighbors and not park in front of any residential homes along Wayne Ave or 30th St.
Entering the Building
Upon arrival at our center and entering the house, you will receive a warm welcome by our greeter. They will be able to answer your questions as well as direct you to our shrine room. Feel free to look around and make yourself at home. We also encourage you to take photos, but ask that you not use a flash during our Sunday service or meditation periods.
Restrooms are located on the first and second floors. You can find water and tea in the kitchen. Mugs can be found in the cabinet above the dishwasher. Please rinse out your mug and place it in the dishwasher when finished using it. If you need help just find one of our friendly volunteers to assist you. You can’t miss them, they are wearing maroon Rime t-shirts
Visiting for the Sunday Service
In person gathering for the Sunday Service is at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church, 3800 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109. Enter through the entrance on Manheim Rd, go up the stairs, and we will be in the Marshall Hall room at the west side of the building. We will have a Rime greeter at the Manheim Rd door to direct you to the correct room.
Shrine Room Etiquette
These guidelines are simply a matter of courtesy. Courtesy that springs from the heart, a result of respect, has, since ancient times, formed a part of spiritual disciplines. To be courteous, respectful, and polite is not superficial, but can be a great practice of mindfulness and a way to develop bodhisattva actions. It is with this attitude that one may approach the particular kind of attention to detail that showing respect involves, be it to a lama, in a shrine room, or in ordinary daily interactions.
- Shoes should be removed and left at the door.
- Hats should never be worn in the shrine room.
- Short skirts or revealing garments are not appropriate attire. If a street length skirt is necessary for some reason, it is wise to bring a shawl to drape over the legs while sitting.
- Do not sit with legs outstretched in front of you if you are facing the shrine or the teacher. This is considered a sign of disrespect, and of course, lying down shows great discourtesy. If you must stretch your legs out in front of you, be sure they are pointing away from the teacher or shrine.
- Dharma books and puja texts should never be placed directly on the floor, out of respect for the truth that they contain, but should be placed on a table or cushion.
- Texts should never be stepped over, stepped on or sat on.
- When entering the shrine room, a Buddhist practitioner may do three prostrations facing the shrine, or make a short bow with hands folded.