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Dear Dharma Drinks members,

Please join us for another small, intimate discussion investigating the Dharma over coffee, tea, and small bites.

In the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha described his ancient form of meditation as thus:

"Bhikkhus, this is the direct path for the purification of beings, the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of pain and grief, for the attainment of the true way, for the realization of Nibbana - namely, the four foundations of mindfulness."

On July 10th, rescuers evacuated all 12 boys and their soccer coach from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand. Though the storied rescue was heroic in of itself, what the boys did for themselves while stuck in the cave was even more heroic.

Ekapol Chanthawong, the soccer coach, spent 10 years of his life in a Buddhist monastery, and his instructions help keep him and the boys alive. Meditation became a source of salvation for this brave group in every aspect of the human condition: from psychological and existential distress of the mind to dropping their metabolic rate decreasing dependency on food and oxygen for the body to cultivating compassion for each other as a community.

https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/thai-cave-rescue-coach-chanthawong-meditation-training-oxygen.html

https://www.vox.com/2018/7/9/17548512/thai-cave-rescue-soccer-boys-meditation-buddhism

We invite you to come reflect on the power of meditation in the lives of those rescued from the cave and also to share how meditation has helped you through your times of distress and the darkness of your own personal "cave".

Afterwards, we welcome you to attend our second Dharma Drink activity of the day, a free guided meditation session at central park sponsored by Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association:

https://www.meetup.com/DharmaDrink/events/252826019/

Please bring your own mug or tumbler to show compassion for the Earth that nourishes us and to practice mindfulness of how our actions lead to downstream consequences. Also, we want to support the venue for supporting us so BUY something and DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FOOD OR DRINKS! This venue is offering their space and we want to be welcomed.

We understand things come up, but given the nature of the small gathering, please do your best to honor your RSVP and arrive on time to the best of your abilities.

Gratitudes,

Allen