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Rime Jewel Newsletter - Winter/S

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T H E O F F I C I A L N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E R I M E B U D D H I S T C E N T E RTHE RIME JEWELW I N T E R / S P R I N G | 2 0 2 337TH ANNUALWORLD PEACE MEDITATIONAt noon Greenwich time, December 31, 1986, men, women, and children around the world gathered to participate in the most comprehensive prayer activity in the history – a planetary affirmation of peace, and love, forgiveness and understanding involving millions of people in a simultaneous global mind link. In 1986 Fred Culver of the World Center For Global Community began this tradition here in Kansas City where it has been held each year since.Join us as we gather to continue the work that Fred Culver and others around the world began. Affirming for the new year peace, love, forgiveness and understanding.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, and the Muslim “call to prayer.” Members of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council will offer a prayer for peace from each of their faith traditions.DECEMBER 31, 2022 @ 6:00 AMST. MARKS HOPE AND PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH3800 TROOST AVE, KANSAS CITY, MO 64109I n t h i s m o n t h ' s i s s u e :BODHISATTVA AWARD WINNER - 2HOLIDAYS AT RIME - 3UPCOMING EVENTS AND CLASSES - 6ILLUMINATIONS - 4108 DAY BODHISATTVA CHALLENGE - 8 SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE - 9

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BODHISATTVA AWARD BIRD FLEMINGA highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Bodhisattva Award to Bird Fleming of the Traditional Music Society. Bird Fleming is a professional percussionist, educator, and performer. As founder and Artistic Director of the Traditional Music Society, he is not only an educator and performer, but also a world music liaison for area educational organizations. He has collaborated with many institutions in the Kansas City area such as the Kansas City Missouri School District, St. Vincent’s Operation Breakthrough, the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Young Audiences, Accessible Arts, the Jackson County Family Courts, the American Jazz Museum, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Additionally, Mr. Fleming had the distinction of assisting with the development of the core music curriculum for the Kansas City School District as ethnic music advisor in 1996. He currently teaches World Music as an adjunct professor at Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.The Bodhisattva Award is given to a member or organization in the Kansas City area as a token of recognition for their work in making the Kanas City community a better place. The award recipients are those who engender the ideals of a Bodhisattva, working to alleviate the suffering of others through compassion, loving-kindness, and wisdom.The Keynote address will be given by Rev. Donna Simon. Pastor Donna Simon is a Midwesterner by birth, though she has spent much of her life on the West Coast. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Pastor Donna was called into the ministry from a volunteer position as church youth director at Messiah Lutheran Church, Redwood City, California. While attending seminary, she came out as a lesbian. Because the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America did not allow the ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates, she joined the roster of Lutheran Lesbian and Gay Ministries, now known as Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. In 2016, she earned her Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Seminar in St. Paul, Minnesota.PAGE 0 2"The sutras ask, where do the buddhas come from? And the answer in the sutras is, they come from ego. What does this mean? This means that realization comes from our ability to expand our sense of self-care and longing for happiness to include others. This is the business of a bodhisattva."- Dzigar Kongtrul RinpocheKEYNOTE ADDRESS

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Losar means New Year in Tibetan. The word is composed of two characters: lo and sar. Lo means'year' and sar means 'new'. It is the first day of the first month of the Tibetan lunar calendar.Read more about the days events.Chotrul Düchen, the ‘Festival of Miracles is one of the the four Buddhist holidays. The Rime Center will be open during the day for you to come in and meditate at your own pace and time limit. Read more about the days events.LOSARCHOTRUL DÜCHENFebruary 21, 2023March 7, 2023 starting at 6amHolidays at the Rime CenterPAGE 0 3

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IlluminationsA look back at the happenings at the Rime Center in PicturesTulku Yeshi Rinpoche gives teachings on Phowa, transference of consciousness and gave the Amitabha and Amitayus empowerments.Ven. Tulku YeshiRinpoche'sVisit to RimeTulku Yeshi Rinpoche gave the Dharma talk during the Sunday Service. Pictured are sangha members and others in attendance during the Sunday Service with Rinpoche.Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche visits the Rime Center for a sangha potluck after the Sunday Service. Rinpoche is pictured in front of the Rime's shrine.PAGE 0 4

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Stand with DialogueInstitute andRaindrop FoundationLama Matt and other members of the Rime Center took part in the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council's Table of Faiths event. Pictured are Emily Akins, Sergio C. Moreno-Denton, Bryan Boring Van Unen, Gabi Otto, and Dave Black.Lama Matt and other community and faith leaders spoke at the 'Stand with Dialogue Institute and Raindrop Against Hate and Justice" event. This event was convened after the nonprofit Dialogue Institute and Raindrop Foundation was the targeted with vandalism. The event was a demonstration of solidarity and holding a vision of a peaceful and loving world.Lama Matt was with other members of SevenDays who gave a Kindness Basket to Eyyup Esen of the Dialogue Institute. Pictured with Lama Matt is Ruth Bigus, Bill Tammeus, Eyyup Esen, Muhammad Chaudry, and Inas Younis.PAGE 0 5Table of Faiths

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Upcoming Events and ClassesThe Rime Center's classes and events are available to EVERYONE. The classes have “Suggested Fees,” howeverpay whatever you can afford for the class. Everyone is welcome! It is our hope that some will pay more to coverthose who can’t afford the usual fee. We simply want everyone to have access to these wonderful classes andevents. All classes except the Meditation Workshop will be held online using Zoom.Join us as we celebrate peace! TheRime Center will host the 37thAnnual World Peace Meditation,December 31st, at 6:00 am. Thisevent is free and open toeveryone, but space is limited, soplease RSVP. Read more...37th Annual WorldPeace MeditationDecember 31, 2022 @ 6amThis challenge will be practiceintensive for those who want toapply their understanding ofBodhicitta with daily practice. Wewelcome new students. This eventwill be in-person with an onlineoption available. Read more....108 DayBodhisattva ChallengeJanuary 4, 2023 @ 7:30pmPAGE 0 6Designed to be accessible for alllevels of learning, this retreat willfocus on developing shamatha(calm abiding) using the guidedmeditations of B. Alan Wallace. This event will be in-person withan online option. Read more...Half Day MeditationRetreatJanuary 7, 2023 @ 9mThis class is for anyone who iscontemplating on taking therefuge vows. The aim of this classis to provide the student with theunderstanding the what, why andhow before making thecommitment to take the refugevows. Read more...Preparing for the Refuge VowsFebruary 5, 2023 @ 1:30pmJoin us for the Rime Center's Zenstyle retreat. We will follow thepractice taught by visitingteacher, Karen Maezen Miller,with a brief instruction at thebeginning of the meditation. Thisevent will be in-person with anonline option. Read more...Half Day Zen Meditation RetreatFebruary 4, 2023 @ 9amOM for the Holidays? Start thenew year out with mindfulness. Inthis workshop you will beintroduced to the practice ofmeditation. This event is free andwill be at Plaza Library LargeMeeting Room. Read more...End of the Year Meditation WorkshopDecember 28, 2022 @ 7pm

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Upcoming Events and ClassesThe Rime Center's classes and events are available to EVERYONE. The classes have “Suggested Fees,” howeverpay whatever you can afford for the class. Everyone is welcome! It is our hope that some will pay more to coverthose who can’t afford the usual fee. We simply want everyone to have access to these wonderful classes andevents. All classes except the Meditation Workshop will be held online using Zoom.The Rime Center will be openduring the day for you to come inand meditate at your own paceand time limit. A special puja tocommemorate Chotrul Düchenbeginning at 6:00 pm. Read more...Chotrul Düchen, the ‘Festival of Miracles’March 7, 2023 @ 6pmDesigned to be accessible for alllevels of learning, this retreat willfocus on developing shamatha(calm abiding) using the guidedmeditations of B. Alan Wallace.This event will be in-person withan online option Read more....Half Day MeditationRetreatApril 1, 2023 @ 9amPAGE 0 7This class is for anyone who iscontemplating on taking theBodhisattva vows. Taking theBodhisattva vows one commits tofollow the path of a bodhisattva,one who works to lead all sentientbeings to perfect enlightenment.Read more...Preparing for the Bodhisattva VowsApril 19, 2023Want to learn to meditate, but justdon’t know how to get started?Join us for this free in-personmeditation workshop. In this onesession workshop you will learnthis simple technique that canchange your life.Read more...FreeMeditation WorkshopApril 26, 2023 @ 7:45pmDesigned to be accessible for alllevels of learning, this retreat willfocus on developing shamatha(calm abiding) using the guidedmeditations of B. Alan Wallace.This event will be in-person withan online option. Read more...Half Day Meditation RetreatMarch 4, 2023 @ 9mLike a beautiful flower full of color and also fragrant, even so, fruitful are the fair words of one who practices them. - Dhammapada

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This challenge will be practice intensive for those who want to apply their understanding of Bodhicitta with daily practice. We welcome new students who are looking to learn about the Bodhisattva Mind Training and how to apply it to their Buddhist path, as well as experienced students who have insights to share. This event will be in-person with an online option available.“Peace and happiness can be attained, but not by searching for something in the outside world. They start within us then extend out to the entire globe.” – Khentrul Rinpoche108 Day Bodhisattva ChallengeThe main book that will be used for the challengewill be The Power of Mind: A Tibetan Monk’sGuide to Finding Freedom in Every Challenge byKhentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche. The Power of Mind guides the reader throughtransformative practices one by one—fromrecognizing the value of our human life toovercoming the sources of suffering, together withmeditation advice for incorporating these insightsinto our daily lives.Upcoming Events and ClassesJANUARY 4, 20237:30 pm - 9:00 pmKick off party for the 108 Day Bodhisattva Challenge is Sunday January 1, 2023 at 10:30am and will beduring the Sunday Service.PAGE 0 8

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RIME BUDDHIST CENTER PARTNERS WITH MORE2The Rime Center's Social Justice Committee encourage our members to participate with SURJ-KC a local network organizing white people for racial justice in accountability to the BBIPOC community. Showing Up for Racial Justice Kansas City is a local network organizing white people for racial justice.SURJ-KC + RIME BUDDHIST CENTERThe Rime Buddhist Center has partnered with More2 a social justice organization representing different faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, races, and economic means. Rather than providing services or programs, More2 works to change policies through grassroots movements, in ways that promote racial and economic equity in Kansas and Missouri. The issues they focus on are:Metro Organization for Racial and Economic EquityShowing Up for Racial JusticeKansas CityCriminal JusticeEducationHealthcareImmigrationThrough personal support, political education, and solidarity action, SURJ KC moves white people to act as part of a multi racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.PAGE 0 9Social Justice Committee