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Rime Buddhist Center

Monastery & Tibetan Institute of Studies
"Achieving Peace Through Compassion"
700 West Pennway
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
(816) 471-7073
Lama Chuck Stanford


The following is Lama Chuck's monthly column that appeared in the Faith section of the Kansas City Star newspaper on Saturday, May 21, 2005.

QUESTION: "What should you do if you are disillusioned about your faith?"

ANSWER: I believe that everyone has a fundamental need to feel connected to the sacred. Scientists and others are beginning to take a closer look at something called spiritual intelligence. Spiritual intelligence is our ability to explore the need for meaning and values in our lives.

The fact that you are disillusioned by your faith is actually very good news. It shows that you are not satisfied with your current spiritual path and you desire something deeper and more meaningful. I believe assessing your spiritual needs is the first step. You might ask yourself questions such as: 1. Even though I am disillusioned, what part(s) of my current faith do I like best? 2. What were the positive core elements that first attracted me to my current faith? and 3. How did my current faith help me connect with the sacred? By going through this process you will begin to identify those elements of your current faith that are important to you and that have helped you grow spiritually

As you go forward in your spiritual quest, it is important to bring with you the best parts of the faith you are questioning. The Buddha encouraged his disciples never to accept doctrine only on blind faith. Instead he said that you should examine spiritual teachings the same way a goldsmith examines gold, and only when you know it to be true, should you accept it.

Your Friend In The Dharma,

Lama Chuck Stanford
Rime Buddhist Center

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Rime Center News

Lama Lobsang Palden Rinpoche All Day Healing Workshop
Healing Workshop Description:
Traditional pujas are performed for karma purification, for spiritual protection, for the elimination of negativity, and for long life. These may include torma offerings. Medicine Buddha pujas transform all sentient beings into the aspect of the Medicine Buddha, sending healing out to all beings. Using Tibetan mantra and meditation, the Healing Circle asks the Medicine Buddha for healing assistance. Techniques of energy work for healing the subtle and physical bodies, including chakra and crystal healing, are taught by Lama Lobsang, then practiced by the participants.

Friday May 20, 6 - 8 pm. Introductory talk Cost: $15
Saturday May 21st 10 am - 6pm Full day workshop on Tibetan Healing including Medicine Buddha Empowerment
Cost: $120 Saturday only
($105 with Friday attendance)

Healing Massage Appointments Available
Lama Lobsang incorporates ancient healing vibrations of Tibetan singing bows, cymbals, and sacred mantra in his Tibetan healing massage session, which include deep tissue therapy, hot stone massage, salt glow body scrubs, chakra healing, energy work and Medicine Buddha meditation.

***Lama Lobsang will also be available for Tibetan healing massage. Sorry ALL appointments have now been filled. We are taking name for a waiting list, in case of cancellations.

Sun. May 22 - filled - no times available
Mon. May 23 - filled - no times available
Tues. May 24 - filled - no times available
Wed. May 25 - filled - no times available

90 minutes is $115
2 hour is $145

You may learn more about Lama Lobsang at his website:

Lama Chuck To Speak at "Change Your Mind Day" in St. Louis June 4th
Change Your Mind Day
Saturday, June 4, 2005
1-3 pm

Locally sponsored by the Buddhist Council of Greater St. Louis.

To take place at the
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge - spanning the Mississippi River
(The world's longest bicycle and pedestrian bridge)
Located just south of I-270 at Riverview Blvd. exit

1-1:15 Gathering
1:15-1:30 walking on the bridge
1:30 - 1:50 sitting meditation
1:50 - 2 walking back from the bridge
2-2:45 Dharma Talk by Lama Chuck Stanford
2:45 - 3 Questions and Closing

Lama Chuck To Speak at MABA June 5th
Sunday, June 5, 2005
Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) located in Augusta, Missouri, approximately 45 minutes SW of St. Louis.

10 am Meditation Session begins (please arrive by 9:45 am)
10:40 am Walking Meditation
10:50 am Dharma Talk by Lama Chuck
11:30 am Chanting
11:45 am Break
12:00 noon Vegetarian Lunch

Ven. Khachab Rinpoche visit: June 10 - 12 Weekend Meditation Retreat
Note: The dates have changed to one week later than originally planned to accomodate Rinpoche's schedule.
The text Rinpoche is teaching is the Sems Nyid Ngal Gso ("Relaxing in Comfort and Ease by Mind-as-Such") by Lonchenpa. This is the first volume of the trilogy of Comfort and Ease, translated as "Kindly Bent to Ease Us-Part One: Mind" by Herbert V. Guenther.

Fri., June 10rd 7:30 p.m. Talk: "Living in the Modern World as a Spiritual Practitioner: Dharma & the Eight Wordly Concerns."
Sat. June 11th 10 - 12 p.m. 1st Teaching
2 - 4 p.m. 2nd Teaching

Sun. June 12th 10:30 a.m. Sunday Dharma Talk
2 p.m. Black Hayagriva Empowerment from the Tsa-Sum Lingpa Terma tradition and Tsog

Residential Retreat - (all teachings & empowerment) $125 in advance or $145 at the door. Includes two nights stay at the Rime Center and two meals

Non-Residential Retreat - (all teachings & empowerment) $100 in advance or $120 at the door. No meals are included

Individual teachings or empowerments - $35 each
*Note: These teachings, like all Dharma teachings are available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. The Rime Center offers deferred payments, and full and partial scholarships. Please call or e-mail me for a copy of these forms along with a copy of our Financial Guidelines. They must be submitted prior to the event for consideration. We do not accept them by e-mail, however you can fax them to 816-471-7853 or send them by mail.

Rime Picnic Saturday June 18th (Potluck)
Note: The Picnic has moved one week later.
Location: Loose park
Times: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
What to bring: A dish to share with 10 friends, kites, games
the Rime Center will provide drinks

Refuge Vows to be give on Sunday June 19th
Refuge will be given by Lama Chuck Stanford at the Rime Center on Sunday June 19th. Taking refuge is the ceremony when one "officially" becomes Buddhist. The taking of refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is a declaration of one's intention to follow the Buddhist path for the rest of one's life. As part of the refuge ceremony one is also given a new refuge name. Following the Sunday service there will be a short potluck lunch followed by a series of short meditations and teachings. The teachings will include an explanation of the meaning of taking refuge, commitments and then will conclude with the refuge ceremony. Please register using the enclosed form if you wish to take refuge vows. No cost but dana to the teacher is suggested.
Instructor: Lama Chuck Stanford
Dates & Times: Sunday June 19th 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. (potluck, please bring dish to share)
Cost: No cost (dana to the teacher is suggested) Prerequisite: None

Rime Collecting Food For The Hungry
We are again collecting food for the hungry of our city. Please bring canned and non-perishable food to our barrel to feed Kansas City's hungry.

I send lots of prayers, much health, peace, success and happiness to you, with many blessings of the Triple Gem.

Your Friend In The Dharma,

Lama Chuck Stanford
Rime Buddhist Center

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