Rime Buddhist Center & Monastery/Tibetan Institute of Studies

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 22 March 2013.

Phone: 816-471-7073
Email: lama108@aol.com
Website: http://www.rimecenter.org
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History

The Rime Buddhist Center (pronounced “ree-MAY”) is a branch of the Mindfulness Meditation Foundation, founded in 1993 by Chuck and Mary Stanford. The name was officially changed to Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery in June of 1999. The center is a Tibetan Buddhist Center designed to educate others about Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a monastery for Tibetan monks seeking to live, work, and teach in the U.S. heartland. Led by Lama Chuck Stanford, it is a not-for-profit organization that carries out its mission through classes and programs. The center also has an agreement with Ottawa University to allow classes taken at the monastery to count for college credit. In 1993 Stanford happened across an old brick church while he was driving on the west side of Kansas City and eventually made an agreement with the owner to lease the building and transform it into the Rime Center. The word Rime means "non-sectarian." Lama Chuck had worked at another Buddhist organization but felt it was too sectarian, so he wanted to start a center that would be more inclusive.

Activities and Schedule

For the most up-to-date information on activities, please see the website. Services at the center include meditation, chanting, singing, offerings, and a dharma talk. Some teaching sessions are open to the public and involve meditation followed by a lecture and a discussion. The center is involved with several community programs and organizations, including prison outreach, hospital outreach, and a soup kitchen.

Demographics

People of varied ages belong to the Rime Center. Most people who attend are adults. The prevalent language used is English, and instruction in Tibetan is available. Most of the people who attend the Rime Center are Caucasian or Asian.

Description

The Rime Center occupies an old brick building that used to be a church. Steep stairs ascend from the sidewalk to the main level. Inside, there is a table with dedication candles for the Dalai Lama. There are also shelves for the shoes that participants remove upon entering. The center contains a gift shop. The shrine room is the worship area.

Purpose

The center's primary objective, as listed on its website, is "to provide a qualified program of Buddhist studies and Tibetan culture taught by monks, Lamas and other Tibetan teachers, and to promote a harmonious relationship of understanding between both Tibetans and Westerners."