On the Mystic’s Path: Part Six

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.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher living in Kansas City. He gives online teachings through the Open Heart Project. He also runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. His writing has appeared in Lion's Roar, Patheos, Tattooed Buddha, and Elephant Journal.

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