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Teachings on the Twenty-One Taras with Lena July 19 – 21, 2019 Orgyen Menla We are delighted to welcome back Lama Lena to the Rime Empowerment and Center, July 19 through 21st. White Puja for Teachings with Lama Lena will be giving teachings on the Twenty-one HH ’s 84th Venerable Yeshi Taras and leading us through guided practices. Tara embodies Birthday July 6, 2019 June 14 – 16, 2019 many of the qualities of feminine principle. She is the source, the Come join us as we celebrate His We are delighted to welcome female aspect of the universe, Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 84th back Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche which gives birth to warmth, birthday Saturday July 6th at 6:00 June 14 – 16th and give the compassion and relief from pm. Ven. Tsewang Thinley Orgyen Menla empowerment suffering. will be performing a special Tsok and teachings. This particular This event is open to everyone, and White Tara Puja practice is a form of but please consider being a White Tara, the female Buddha Rinpoche manifesting as a sponsor for this for as Continued on Page 3 Continued on Page 7 Continued on Page 7 These teachings are available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. We offer partial and full scholarships to those in need, so don’t let lack of finances prevent you from attending. Download and print out our scholarship form at: www.rimecenter.org. Scholarship forms are not accepted by e-mail. Please submit them either by mail or at the Center. Scholarship forms need to be submitted in advance of the event. We have “suggested” fees however, pay what you can afford. Everyone is welcome! It is our hope that some will pay more to cover the those who cannot afford the fee. We simply want everyone to come enjoy these wonderful teachings. by Lama Matthew Rice (Lobpon Palden Gocha) Lama Matthew Rice (Lobpon Palden Gocha) serves as the spiritual director of the Rime Buddhist Center that he administers on a day-to-day basis. In addition he teaches classes on and . He also serves as the Buddhist Director for the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. Lama Matt is very involved in homeless outreach. He works closely with other Rime members to ensure that the Homeless Outreach program runs smoothly and that it receives the needed supplies for those in need living on the streets. Encouragement to Adopt a Nonsectarian Outlook “Buddha, the greatest of based on faith in the different As we begin our journey, it is spiritual friends, gave the most traditions. This is characterized important that we connect to the appropriate instructions to each by an open-minded approach, and instructions passed and every being throughout which longs to understand the on through our own lineages. space. His collected discourse distinguishing factors of different This is crucial in maintaining is, as you might image, as deep traditions. There is a sense authenticity of the teachings. The as the ocean – very difficult to of wanting to know more, to Rime Center has strong roots fathom.” - Shabkar Tsogdruk expand one’s understanding and with the , , and Rangdrol perspective. It is a process of traditions. We also have investigation where the individual connections to the Thai Buddhist As many of you know, the Rime actively probes and tests different tradition thanks to our connection Center is a non-sectarian ideas. with Santikaro and the Center; established that way tradition due to our connection by our founders Lama Chuck As people progress with their with Maezen Miller. and Mary Stanford. Their vision understanding and develop a for the Rime Center was of a sense of stability in their view I would encourage those who are place where people could come they then see how each tradition new to Buddhism and the Rime together to learn about Buddhism relates to the others and how Center to explore the vast ocean and find a for the nurturing they can bring benefit to different of the Buddhadharma with a of , kindness, types of people. As the Rime nonsectarian outlook. Learn about community understanding and Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol said, the different flavors offered and world peace. explore them all. As you do this, “In the arya land of , the you will find that some teachings Many people, though, are unsure teaching spread and came to suit you better than others. Once what exactly it means to be Rime. include the eighteen schools of you discover that you should Is it a Tibetan or school? the shravakas, whereas in the focus on those teachings. Again, Does it mean that we can take snowly land of , we find Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol said, practices and methods from the distinctive flavors or , different traditions and make it our Geluk, Nyingma, the Kagyu “To quench your thirst, there own, like we are making a salad? schools of Drukpa, Drikung, and is no need to drink the entire Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean any Dakpa, Shije, Chod, , stream; a few mouthfuls will of that. Bodong, and so on, each with suffice. Similarly, liberation can its unique flavor and yet all be achieved by practicing a few What Rime does mean is that committed to the fundamental Dharma instructions; there is no we recognize the value and teaching of Buddha.”…”Just need to practice them all” benefit of multiple points-of-view because one teaching doesn’t suit and flavors of Buddhism. At the a particular individual, it doesn’t the Dalai Lama’s most fundamental level, Rime is mean it won’t help anyone.” advice to Westerners who expressed as a feeling of respect Continued on Page 7 2 The Rime Jewel Newsletter — © 2019 Rime Buddhist Center Summer 2019 HH Dalai Lama Birthday Cont. Help Update Our Mailing List If you would like to sign up for the weekly of longevity. Tara is a completely e-mail updates, no longer wish to receive enlightened buddha and as a mailings from the Rime Center or you have young she promised moved, contact us at: [email protected] or 816-471-7073. always to appear in the form of a Join a Committee female bodhisattva and goddess Joining a Rime Committee is an excellent for the benefit of all beings and way to contribute to the and to be- come more involved with the Rime Center. If especially to protect from the you are interested in becoming involved and eight fears. In this white form serving on a committee, please contact the she appears specifically for the following chairs about coming to a meeting: purpose of bestowing longevity. Gift Shop Committee Stephanie Shirazi [email protected] The practice of tsok, which is Finance Committee Vickie Cumberland vickie.cumberland@ primarily a practice of offering. It rimecenter.org is not just a practice of offering Saga Dawa Celebration Membership Committee however; it is also a powerful June 17, 2019 Sergio Moreno [email protected] Dharma School Committee method for purifying our . Leslie Aguirre [email protected] Sometimes it is said that the best Saga Dawa Duchen is one of the Library Committee method for purifying samaya is most important sacred Buddhist William Hunter [email protected] Prison Outreach the fire offering, and tsok practice days. The full moon day of fourth Andrea VanBecelaere prison.outreach@ is the ‘inner fire offering.’ Tsok is Tibetan month is commemorates rimecenter.org a very rich practice with many Lord Buddha’s birth, Community Outreach Vickie Cumberland vickie.cumberland@ layers of meaning, and it can be enlightenment and rimecenter.org practiced on various levels. (passing away). All the merits of Program Committee virtues actions done on this day Chair: Matt Rice spiritualdirector@rimecen- ter.org are multiplies on hundred million Volunteer Coordinator Chökhor Düchen times. David Keeter [email protected] August 4, 2019 Newsletter Team Nicole Esquibel, Matt Rice, Dani Dyal Chökhor Düchen, the ‘Festival of The Rime Center will be hosting Rime Board Members a special puja to commemorate Gabriele Otto, executive director and board Turning the Wheel of Dharma’. chair It occurs on the fourth day of Saga Dawa Duchen beginning at Teri Brody, secretary the sixth Tibetan lunar month. 7:00 pm and will be led by Geshe Vickie Cumberland, treasurer Matt Rice, spiritual director For seven weeks after his Lharampa Tsewang Thinley. Beniah Leuschke enlightenment, Buddha did not Andrea Van Becelaere teach. Finally, encouraged by Grievance Committee Gabriele Otto Indra and Brahma, he turned the [email protected] Wheel of Dharma for the first time, at , by teaching the Special Thanks To Paul Kotz and FRD Communications for ‘’. printing our newsletter. Permission The monks of the Drepung Articles may be reprinted or reproduced with permission. Please contact Lama Matt Rice. Gomang Monastery will be performing a special puja Financial Aid Available during the Sunday Service to Workshops and classes, as with all Dharma commemorate the Festival of teachings, are available to EVERYONE Turning the Wheel of Dharma. regardless of ability to pay. Discounts, a limited number of scholarships and work/ The Rime Center will be open study programs are available to those in after the Sunday Service for you need. However, scholarship forms must to come in and meditate at your be submitted one week prior to the start of own pace and time limit. the teachings for review by our scholarship committee. Call the Rime Center at 816-471- 7073 or email Lama Matt at spiritualdirec- [email protected] for details. 3 The Rime Jewel Newsletter — © 2019 Rime Buddhist Center Summer 2019 illuminations

Welcome New Members! When you become a member of the Rime Center, you not only become part of the sangha, but you demonstrate your support of the Center. The Rime Center recently welcomed this group of new members to the sangha. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Rime Center, look in the class schedule for information on new members’ classes. Lama Matt talks about Left to Right: Natasha and Bodhi Ashford, John Glock Buddhism at Hallmark

Kum Nye Retreat Participants PeaceWorks KC Event at the Rime Center

Refuge Vows L to R: Patricia Bowden Matt Moshier Refuge Vows Jan 9, 2019 L to R: Michelle Huber Lisa Smith and Ruth Cook

Refuge Vows L to R: Eric Hulse, Tina Montano, Denise Ananda, Hans von Rautenfeld

4 The Rime Jewel Newsletter — © 2019 Rime Buddhist Center Summer 2019 World Peace Meditation December 31, 2018

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Sangha Social – Nelson Atkins Museum May 12, 2019 This 's Day bring Mom is essential to guiding a and the whole family to join the student’s path to enlightenment. Hometown: Rime Sangha as we visit the Specialized teachings, rituals, Kansas City, MO Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and and practices are taught that can see their new exhibit, Teachers only be passed directly from a Your role at the Rime Buddhist of Enlightenment: Traditions in spiritually advanced teacher to Center? . We will be an individual practitioner. Member, homeless outreach meeting at the Museum at 1 pm. volunteer Works of art are key to Beginning with the historical disseminating the Buddhist Day Job: Buddha who founded the tradition and actively used Professor Emeritus,Tax tradition of Buddhism over 2,500 by students and teachers examiner years ago, the teacher has for worship. Sculptures and occupied a central role within paintings () depicting Description of your hobbies: Buddhism. Teachers () individual teachers serve Travel, foreign films serve as instructors for their as a focus for prayer and students and are venerated by contemplation in Buddhist What led you to the Dharma? practitioners. monasteries. Ritual objects The outcome of eclectic study are used by teachers and their on meditation practices Within Buddhism, initiates, and portable amulet an esoteric form of Buddhism boxes allow practitioners to take Tell us something that most practiced in Tibet, the teacher images of religious figures and people don’t know about you. protective charms with them. My first name means James Gurus provide their student’s after my father. with tools that help them create a better tomorrow and alleviate What Buddhist Book would you lifetimes of suffering. recommend and why? How to Meditate by Kathleen McDonald

6 The Rime Jewel Newsletter — © 2019 Rime Buddhist Center Summer 2019 Lama Lena From Page 1 Lama Lena cont. Meditations From Page 2 little at $150. Your sponsorship medical assistance to the Tibetan are practicing Buddhism is,“I will ensure everyone can attend refugee community as well as would like to insist upon the these wonderful teachings. the local Indian villagers and importance of non-sectarianism. Practice sessions will include mountain tribes people. At the It sometimes happens that both indoor and outdoor request of H.E., Zigar Choktrul people attribute an exaggerated practices. The teaching sessions Rinpoche and Ven. Wangdor importance to one or another of will build upon themselves so Rinpoche, as well as many the different schools and different participants are required to Western and Tibetan dharma traditions within Buddhism, and attend Friday evening session if students, she has been traveling this can lead to an accumulation they want to attend the Saturday and teaching from the lineages of extremely negative acts with morning session and you must she holds in an informal regard to the Dharma. The attend Saturday morning to that is humorous, artful, and well advantage of non-sectarianism attend Saturday afternoon. worth experiencing. is that after receiving the Schedule transmission of the instructions, Lama Lena is a highly Friday, July 19 initiations, and explanations accomplished in the 7:30 – 9:30 pm Introduction to pertinent to each different tradition who will the 21 Taras tradition, we will be able to have deliver very clear and accurate Saturday, July 20 a better understanding of the teachings on Dzogchen. She 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Outdoor different teachings. From my own is accessible, easy to relate to, Session experience, this is without doubt open to questions, and willing 3:00 – 5:00 pm Final Indoor very beneficial. Consequently, if to deal directly with many of Session we keep a non-sectarian attitude, the questions to which we are Sunday, July 21 as we receive teachings from seeking answers. When she 10:30 am Sunday Service different traditions, think about is not traveling, teaching, or them, and put them in practice, translating, she works providing it is certain we will improve our

Tulku Yeshi From Page 1 Tulku Yeshi, Cont. understanding of the Dharma. This is why non-sectarianism is Buddha of Medicine. Medicine novels, poetry for mind training so important.” Buddha’s primary motivation is to and how to enjoy life. completely remove physical and If you want to learn more about mental suffering from all sentient Schedule the Rime philosophy, I would beings in general, but primarily Friday, June 14 encourage you to read the mental and physical illness 7:30 – 9:30 pm Introduction to newly released book, Emanated caused through the imbalance of Orgyen Menla Practice Scripture of by the elements. Saturday, June 15 Shabkar Tsongdruk Rangdrol. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm Orgyen Many of the quotes in this Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Menla Empowerment article came from his chapter Dzogchen master and the 2:00 – 4:00 pm Teachings on on ‘Encouragement to Adopt a of Dzogchen Orgyen Menla Nonsectarian Outlook’.” Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. Sunday, June 16 He was recognized by Kyabje 10:30 am Sunday Service Trulshig Rinpoche. He has Dharma Talk received teachings from over forty masters representing all five This event is open to everyone, schools of Tibetan Buddhism, but please consider being a Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, Gelug, sponsor for this retreat for as and Shiji (or Chod). Tulku Yeshi little at $150. Your sponsorship has authored fifteen books on will ensure everyone can attend subjects of Tibetan Buddhism these wonderful teachings. and culture. He also writes 7 The Rime Jewel Newsletter — © 2019 Rime Buddhist Center Summer 2019 Spring Cleaning and Meditation Garden Update Rime Buddhist Center www.rimecenter.org 816-471-7073 700 West Pennway Kansas City, MO 64108

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Remember the many Rime scheduled meditations: Monthly Half-day Retreats, Noon Meditations, Sunday service, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening practices. Sunday Service with Meditation: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Childcare & Sunday School S M T W T F S available. Monday Zen Meditation 7-8 p.m. 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 Tuesday Green Tara Tantric Practice:7-7:30 p.m. (upstairs) 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Wednesday Meditation Instruction: 6:00 p.m. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Wednesday Meditation: 7–7:30 p.m. May Thursday Meditation: 6:00-6:45 pm (upstairs) 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Thursday Medicine Buddha Tantric Practice: 7–7:30 p.m. 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 Noon Meditation: Monday - Friday, 12–12:30 p.m. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Bodhi Bag prep: Wednesday 6:00pm Delivery: Sunday after Service 12:15 p.m. Second Saturday of Each Month: Half-Day Meditation retreat 9 a.m. - noon 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 May June Sangha Social – Nelson Atkins Museum 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 May 12, 2019 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 June 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Orgyen Menla Empowerment and Teachings with Venerable Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche June 14 – 16, 2019 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Saga Dawa Celebration

July 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 June 17, 2019 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 July White Tara Puja for HH Dalai Lama’s 84th Birthday *Schedule subject to change, see weekly email for July 6, 2019 important updates. Teachings on the Twenty-One Taras with Lama Lena Find us on Facebook! July 19 – 21, 2019 “Rime Buddhist Center Community”

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