I didn’t want to visit the Rime Center.
I was resistant to the idea of Vajrayana Buddhism. Many of the elements of it that I read about sounded weird and unnecessary to me.
But I went anyway. I heard it was a non-sectarian center anyway, so I thought it might not be entirely weird chants and costumes.
I had been a Buddhist for a few years, but had actually never really talked to another one.
So, one Sunday I decided to go.
We had overtime available that day at work, so I decided to go to the temple service at the Rime Center and then go to work. The building I work in is about a block away from the Rime Center. In fact, the only reason the Rime Center was easy for me to find is I drove by it on my way home from work every single day. It’s right next to the ramp to the highway I use, I-35.
So, in I went.
I was struck by the smell of incense, which I like. I took off my shoes and walked up to a very friendly greeter. He asked me if I was Buddhist and I said yes. I found a cushion to sit on and sat through the Sunday service.
It was a transformative experience for me, being around other Buddhists. Even though I didn’t really meet anyone that day, it meant a lot to me.
The service at the Rime Center has a whole lot of chanting, which I don’t really like. But, it also has group meditation, which I like a lot.
I was there for 90 minutes and by then I knew I was home.