Twenty years of meditation and contemplation will be celebrated July 25 at Rime Buddhist Center and Institute of Tibetan Studies.
Sidewalk chalk art, prayer flags, live music and a potluck meal will mark the date when founders Lama Chuck and Chaplain Mary Stanford began a meditation group and dharma classes at the Roeland Park Community Center. An open invitation offered at that time continues to guide the center: “Our group is not affiliated with any single Buddhist school or lineage, but rather will invite teachers of various traditions to visit us and offer instruction.”
Now at 700 West Pennway, the center has been host to teachers from an array of Buddhist traditions.
The anniversary event starts at 4:30 p.m. for an open house, tours and activities for children. Music by Bolivian band Cachecanto with Rime member Thomas Nelson will welcome visitors. The potluck begins at 6 p.m., and a ceremony honoring the founders and led by Matt Rice begins at 6:30 p.m.
The free celebration also marks the retirement of Lama Chuck Stanford. For more information, call 816-471-7073.
| Elaine Garrison, The Star