• Dharma Drink: the hang-out for Buddhists (& like minded)

    Rubin Museum of Art Lounge

    A great way to get Dharma connected in New York! For people interested in Buddhism or meditation or just leading a kinder life who are up for meeting like minded people. Dharma Drink is now Self Service! The table is always reserved in the same spot - just show up and see what happens - just like if you were hanging out meeting other Buddhists randomly in Kathamandu or India. And don't take the RSVP too seriously - people are coming now who don't RSVP. The word is getting out.... Everyone is invited! Dharma Drink is all about building community amongst the Buddhist and like minded crowd in New York City. Greg the founder of Dharma Drink: "I was inspired to start Dharma Drink by hanging out with all of the great students of all of the different lamas in Kathmandu - Kagyu, Nyingma, Sakya, Gelugpa - totally Rimey (also Zen, Thai, Theravadan, yoga travelers, and the curious - just about everyone!). We all became great friends and learned from each other." We're there every Friday night - see you there. Motivation: To make the Rubin Museum Lounge on Friday night the Buddhist and like minded hang-out spot in New York. Who: ALL ARE INVITED. Feel free to spread the word. The more, the merrier. Time: 7-?pm Date: Every Friday - like clockwork Place: Rubin Museum Lounge, 17th Street and 7th Avenue How to find us: Look for a table with the small sign "Dharma Drink" + Lounge staff will know where we are. http://www.dharmadrink.com

  • Dharma Drink: the hang-out for Buddhists (& like minded)

    Rubin Museum of Art Lounge

    A great way to get Dharma connected in New York! For people interested in Buddhism or meditation or just leading a kinder life who are up for meeting like minded people. Dharma Drink is now Self Service! The table is always reserved in the same spot - just show up and see what happens - just like if you were hanging out meeting other Buddhists randomly in Kathamandu or India. And don't take the RSVP too seriously - people are coming now who don't RSVP. The word is getting out.... Everyone is invited! Dharma Drink is all about building community amongst the Buddhist and like minded crowd in New York City. Greg the founder of Dharma Drink: "I was inspired to start Dharma Drink by hanging out with all of the great students of all of the different lamas in Kathmandu - Kagyu, Nyingma, Sakya, Gelugpa - totally Rimey (also Zen, Thai, Theravadan, yoga travelers, and the curious - just about everyone!). We all became great friends and learned from each other." We're there every Friday night - see you there. Motivation: To make the Rubin Museum Lounge on Friday night the Buddhist and like minded hang-out spot in New York. Who: ALL ARE INVITED. Feel free to spread the word. The more, the merrier. Time: 7-?pm Date: Every Friday - like clockwork Place: Rubin Museum Lounge, 17th Street and 7th Avenue How to find us: Look for a table with the small sign "Dharma Drink" + Lounge staff will know where we are. http://www.dharmadrink.com

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  • Book Club Reading: The Vimalakirti Sutra (Part 2 of 6) <Sutra for the laity>

    Rubin Museum of Art - K2 Lounge / Cafe Serai

    Dear Dharma Drink Friends, So excited to read The Vimalakirti Sutra! This sutra is a very important Mahayana scripture. It is one of the few sutras where the protagonist is a lay person, not Buddha or one of his main ordained disciples. Book Title / Translator: The Vilamakirti Sutra / John R McRae This book club is meant for us to read the sutra and help each other where we can. This is NOT a book club for us to expound. For deeper learning, you can seek out centers that are giving Dharma talks on this sutra. This is a considered a fairly short sutra with only around 130 pages. We like to finish this sutra in 6-8 sessions. Everyone must pre-read before participating. READING: Fascicle Two (pdf[masked], hard copy #-#) - Chap V Manjusri's Condolence Visit - Chap VI Inconceivable - Chap VII Viewing Sentient Being HOMEWORK: Come with 2 questions or comments & 1 favorite quote. Per Description from Columbia University's Press on the Vilamakirti Sutra: "One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism. Unlike most sutras, its central figure is not a Buddha but a wealthy townsman, who, in his mastery of doctrine and religious practice, epitomizes the ideal lay believer. For this reason, the sutra has held particular significance for men and women of the laity in Buddhist countries of Asia, assuring them that they can reach levels of spiritual attainment fully comparable to those accessible to monks and nuns of the monastic order. " _/|\_ Eddie - - - Where to get the book - - - 1) Free PDF: http://info.stiltij.nl/publiek/meditatie/soetras2/vimalakirti-srimala-mcrae.pdf 2) UofHawaii: https://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/title/the-sutra-of-queen-srimala-of-the-lions-roar-the-vimalakirti-sutra/ 3) Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sutra-Srimala-Vimalakirti-English-Tripitaka/dp/1886439311/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1541383753&sr=1-1&keywords=vimalakirti+mcrae 4) B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sutra-of-queen-srimala-of-the-lions-roar-the-vimalakirti-sutra-john-r-mcrae/1127184218

  • Dharma Coffee Social - Joint Event with NYC Vegan Coffee!

    Dr. Smood Coffee Shop

    Dharma Drink Friends, Let's get coffee and small bites at PlantMade (all vegan).. This will be a joint event with NYC Vegan Coffee meetup. DD and Vegan Coffee friends will enjoy a refreshing Saturday morning chilling. We want to support the venue for letting us visit, so BUY something. AND PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FOOD OR DRINK! We are going to a food/beverage establishment and we want to be welcomed. Please bring your own mug if you can, remember we want to save the planet. Note that this venue is first come first serve so we don't have a set location. But look for us! _/|\_ Eddie

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  • Dharma Drink Holiday Celebration @ Rubin Museum of Art Lounge

    Rubin Museum of Art Lounge

    Come Celebrate the Holidays with Dharma Drink, our final 2018 social! Join us this festive season at our absolute favorite spot, Rubin Museum of Art's Café Serai. Dharma Drink community has grown and is filled with great like-minded friends. Greg founded Dharma Drink in 2011 to bring together people who are interested in Buddhism, meditation or a compassionate life style. Six years later our community has grown to nearky 10,000 like-minded friends! So if you are around NYC area, come join us to reconnect and catch up with old friends, or connect with new friends! Happy Holidays! Organizers

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  • 1 days Zen (Chan) Retreat @ Chan Meditation Center in Queens (MAX'D OUT)

    Chan Meditation Center (Temp)

    Dear Dharma Drink Friends, Do you want to get ready for the holidays and new year? Spiritual cleanse yourself with either a 1 or 2 day meditation retreat at the Chan (Zen) Meditation Center located in Elmhurst, Queens. Event is free of charge. This is an opportunity for beginners learn or serious practitioners to sustain practice and receive guidance from meditation teachers. NOTE: FLEXIBLE DAYS - You can come just ONE day either on Saturday or Sunday, OR you can come to BOTH days. The meditation will be led by Venerable ChangZhai and Venerable ChangHwa. A light vegetarian lunch will be provided. While the event is free of charge, donations are welcome. You are welcome to RSVP here, however, in order for Chan Meditation Center to properly prepare the day of activities including a light lunch, you MUST R.S.V.P. through Chan Meditation Center. copy link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZCD59ro0H3yIrhGuPJtByleJvUKEQq_lX7z7XUTfepzgrsw/viewform ) Note: - Please arrive on time (9AM) as to not disturb the meditation class - Activities: silent, moving, & walking meditation plus Dharma talks. - Light vegetarian lunch will be served - No Fee, Donations are welcomed - This event is for you, not as a Meetup group. - MUST RSVP with Chan Meditation Center https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZCD59ro0H3yIrhGuPJtByleJvUKEQq_lX7z7XUTfepzgrsw/viewform _/|\_ Eddie --- Relevant Links --- Chan Meditation Center - http://chancenter.org/cmc/ Directions - http://chancenter.org/cmc/about/directions/ --- About the teacher Venerable ChangZhai --- Venerable Chang-Zhai is the deputy director of Chan Meditation Center in Elmhurst Queens. Venerable Chang-Zhai entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in 2008, mainly studying under the Chan Practice program. In 2010, Venerable received full ordination. In 2012, after completing a 4-year monastic education at DDS University in Taiwan, she returned to the U.S. and has served as a member of the Chan Meditation Center in New York until now. Venerable speaks both Mandarin and English. --- About the teacher Venerable ChangHwa PhD--- Venerable Chang-Hwa is the Director of Chan Meditation Center. After completing monastic education at Dharma Drum Sangha University in Taiwan and receiving full ordination in 2005, Venerable served as Director of the Department of International Relations and Development in DDM Taiwan. In addition to her current position as Director, Ven. Chang-Hwa also supervises DDM Dharmapala Groups in North America, gives public lectures and leads meditation programs. ---- Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Lineage Chan Buddhism at Dharma Drum Mountain inherits the legacies of both the Linji (RINZAI)and Caodong (SOTO) schools and integrates the features of different schools in Indian and Chinese Buddhism. While committed to tradition, it is also innovative. Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) is a U.S. based non-profit organization committed to serving humanity by working to relieve human suffering – physical, emotional and spiritual. This is an international organization with headquarters in Taiwan.

  • 1 or 2 days Zen (Chan) Retreat @ Chan Meditation Center in Queens (MAX'D OUT)

    Dear Dharma Drink Friends, Do you want to get ready for the holidays and new year? Spiritual cleanse yourself with either a 1 or 2 day meditation retreat at the Chan (Zen) Meditation Center located in Elmhurst, Queens. Event is free of charge. This is an opportunity for beginners learn or serious practitioners to sustain practice and receive guidance from meditation teachers. NOTE: FLEXIBLE DAYS - You can come just ONE day either on Saturday or Sunday, OR you can come to BOTH days. The meditation will be led by Venerable ChangZhai and Venerable ChangHwa. A light vegetarian lunch will be provided. While the event is free of charge, donations are welcome. You are welcome to RSVP here, however, in order for Chan Meditation Center to properly prepare the day of activities including a light lunch, you MUST R.S.V.P. through Chan Meditation Center. copy link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZCD59ro0H3yIrhGuPJtByleJvUKEQq_lX7z7XUTfepzgrsw/viewform ) Note: - Please arrive on time (9AM) as to not disturb the meditation class - Activities: silent, moving, & walking meditation plus Dharma talks. - Light vegetarian lunch will be served - No Fee, Donations are welcomed - This event is for you, not as a Meetup group. - MUST RSVP with Chan Meditation Center https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZCD59ro0H3yIrhGuPJtByleJvUKEQq_lX7z7XUTfepzgrsw/viewform _/|\_ Eddie --- Relevant Links --- Chan Meditation Center - http://chancenter.org/cmc/ Directions - http://chancenter.org/cmc/about/directions/ --- About the teacher Venerable ChangZhai --- Venerable Chang-Zhai is the deputy director of Chan Meditation Center in Elmhurst Queens. Venerable Chang-Zhai entered the Dharma Drum Sangha University (DDSU) in 2008, mainly studying under the Chan Practice program. In 2010, Venerable received full ordination. In 2012, after completing a 4-year monastic education at DDS University in Taiwan, she returned to the U.S. and has served as a member of the Chan Meditation Center in New York until now. Venerable speaks both Mandarin and English. --- About the teacher Venerable ChangHwa PhD--- Venerable Chang-Hwa is the Director of Chan Meditation Center. After completing monastic education at Dharma Drum Sangha University in Taiwan and receiving full ordination in 2005, Venerable served as Director of the Department of International Relations and Development in DDM Taiwan. In addition to her current position as Director, Ven. Chang-Hwa also supervises DDM Dharmapala Groups in North America, gives public lectures and leads meditation programs. ---- Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Lineage Chan Buddhism at Dharma Drum Mountain inherits the legacies of both the Linji (RINZAI)and Caodong (SOTO) schools and integrates the features of different schools in Indian and Chinese Buddhism. While committed to tradition, it is also innovative. Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) is a U.S. based non-profit organization committed to serving humanity by working to relieve human suffering – physical, emotional and spiritual. This is an international organization with headquarters in Taiwan.

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  • Pali Canon Reading: Happiness Visible in This Present Life, In Buddha's Words

    Rubin Museum of Art - K2 Lounge / Cafe Serai

    Dear Dharma Drink Friends, Let's read the Pali Canon together. While many regard the Pali Canon as Theravada Buddhist text, it is fundamental for everyone learning about Buddhism, Theravada, Mahayana, or Vajrayana. Bhikkhu Bodhi, the renown Buddhist monastic and prolific translator, presented select readings to provide key teachings. This book club is meant for us to keep pace and help each other where we can. This is NOT a book club for us to expound. For deeper learning, you can seek out centers that are giving Dharma talks on this sutra. Book Title: In Buddha's Word's, An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon. Edited and introduce by Bhikkhu Bodhi We will cover the FOURTH Pali discourse (nikayas), The Happiness Visible in This Present Life. Since we are using both hard copies and PDF, the pages are slightly different. HOMEWORK: Come with two questions and one favorite quote your readings. Note, EACH SESSION IS INDEPENDENT OF OTHER: In this anthology, there are 10 Pali discourses as presented by Bhikkhu Bodhi. While we will cover each consecutively on a monthly basis, since each Pali discourse can stand alone, you are welcome to join in at any session without having attended any of the earlier book meetings. We only ask that you do read the material that is covered for the meetup. _/|\_ Peter and Eddie - - - About the book and author as described by wildmind.org - - - " Bhikkhu Bodhi stands as one of the foremost and most prolific modern translators of the Pali canon. ... "Bhikkhu Bodhi’s latest tour de force is this indispensible anthology — thematically arranged — of key teachings from each of the five sections, or nikayas, of the Pali discourses. The selected teachings are organized into ten themes such as The Human Condition, The Path to Liberation, and Shining the Light of Wisdom. This arrangement has the advantage of giving a more balanced view of the Buddha’s teaching than would be gained by randomly dipping into the Buddhist scriptures... "The Pali teachings are vast in scope .. This anthology does an excellent job of making the Pali teachings more accessible by eliding much of the repetition that is characteristic of the orally-transmitted Pali tradition, and this volume is therefore remarkably readable. Bodhi, himself a westerner, has also done an excellent job of selecting those parts of the Pali teachings that are likely to have an appeal for Westerners and for Buddhists living in modern societies anywhere in the world. .. "A highlight of the book is Bhikkhu Bodhi’s insightful introduction and chapter introductions. These passages supply useful contextual, historical, philological, and even spiritual background to the teachings, and would make an interesting and substantial book in their own right." - - - Where to get the book - - - Free PDF: http://www.pacificbuddha.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/In-the-Buddhas-Words.pdf Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Words-Anthology-Discourses-Teachings/dp/0861714911/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Amazon Audio: https://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Words-Anthology-Discourses-Canon/dp/B01J4IT7AM/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= - - - Relevant Links - - - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhikkhu_Bodhi https://bodhimonastery.org/ven-bhikkhu-bodhi.html

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