1. A touring group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery, visit the Rime Buddhist Center, in Kansas City. They are touring the US for over a year, spreading their message of compassion, helping to preserve Tibetan culture, traditions and religion, and to raise awareness of the almost 2000 monks living at their monastery in Southern India.

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  2. Zen Priest, Daigaku Rumme, describes Zen as both a teaching and practice. Rumme, from the Sōtō Zen tradition, explains that Zen points to the underlying reality that transcends past, present and future. This belief, brought to Japan by Dōgen Zenji, states that "Every person is amply endowed with the Dharma, but without practice it will not be manifested."

    Zazen meditation is the heart of the practice. Rumme describes zazen as sitting quietly with the initial goal to "sit forgetting (that you're) sitting", adding, "it is no easy thing to do." Ultimately, the goal of zazen is to "eliminate that sense of separation that we sense between the self and what ever we're doing or whatever object that is in our conscience".

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  3. According to Lama Yeshe Kaytub (Lama Lena) the essence of Buddhism is to draw ones attention inward to see their own inherent perfection. She uses the Dzogchen method to actualize this perfection, which is "outside of time, not born, not dying". Because the "true nature of the mind", cannot be described in words, watch Lama Lena explain what it is not!

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  4. B. Alan Wallace comments on the universal message of the Pursuits of Understanding, Happiness and Virtue, from the Buddhist perspective. Explaining the interdependence of these three pursuits, he says that one cannot find the happiness that arises from within, without understanding one's own nature and place in the world. Likewise, one cannot find happiness and understanding without living virtuously.

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  5. B. Alan Wallace comments on several aspects of the Rime Buddhist Center. Visited annually by Mr. Wallace, the Rime Center is a is a non-sectarian Buddhist center, located in Kansas City, MO. The Center's primary objective is to provide a qualified program of Buddhist studies and Tibetan culture taught by monks, lamas and other Tibetan teachers. http://www.rimecenter.org

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