Kansas City Mayor Sly James will be the keynote speaker Thursday at the Rime Buddhist Center, 700 West Pennway.
An interfaith gathering at the center at 5:30 a.m. will be part of World Peace Meditation Day events.
Prayers for peace will be offered by each of 15 faith traditions represented on the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council.
A highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Bodhisattva award, given to those who work to help others.
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This year’s recipient is Lama Chuck Stanford. He is ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and co-founded the Rime Buddhist Center with his wife, Mary, more than 20 years ago. Under his guidance, the center has grown from a small group into a community of more than 400.
The center finds sponsors for Tibetan refugees, provides volunteers for Harvesters — the Community Food Network and feeds the homeless. Stanford visits Buddhist inmate groups at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and at Lansing Correctional Facility.
Greetings will be given by Charles B. Wheeler, former Kansas City mayor and Missouri state senator, and former Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Brooks. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee — Kansas City Program and the interfaith council.
The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to arrive by 5:30 a.m. and bring self-opening canned goods (protein, vegetables or fruit) for the center’s program that feeds the homeless.