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A great way to get Dharma connected in New York!

We meet at the Rubin every Friday, except for summers. During the summer months, we meet at the Rubin the last Friday of each month, but special events will be announced like "Dharma Drink at the Beach or the Park" plus special group visits to see amazing teachers as they come to NYC over the summer! Should be awesome!!!

SUMMER NOTICE: We're meeting the First Friday of June, July and August at the Rubin, for other Fridays we'll post special events.

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 and travelers randomly in Kathamandu, India, Japan, Korea... 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, 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, Gelug - totally Rimey (also Zen, Thai, Theravadan, yoga travelers, and the curious - just about everyone!). Everyone 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. If you like Buddhas or to meditate - then you'll love the Rubin!

Who: ALL ARE INVITED. Feel free to spread the word. The more, the merrier.

Time: 6:30-?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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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

Chinatown Buddhist Temple Tour, Dharma Talk w Venerable Benkong Shi, ?VegDimSum?

This is one of our favorite events! We'll be visiting 4-5 Buddhist temples in Chinatown PLUS we've ask the resident American monk of Grace Gratitude Buddhist Temple, Venerable Benkong Shi, to give us a quick intro plus Q&A. 9:15am-Grand Daddy Cafe 9:45am-leave for Buddhist temples. 11:00am-Dharma Talk at Grace Gratitude Temple 12:15pm-MAYBE Veg Dim Sum TBD Depending on the time available, we plan to visit four (or five) Buddhist temples, including the oldest in the East Coast, a statue of Eleven-Head Thousand-Arm Avalokitesvara. These temples have served the local community for nearly half a century. We'll go inside the temple if we can, however if there are any service at the temples, we will stay outside. Wears warm clothing and comfy walking shoes. TEMPLES: American Society of Buddhist Studies (Chan, 1974) Grace Gratitude Buddhist Temple (Chan & Pureland, 1974) Eastern Buddhist Association (Chan & Pureland, 1973) The Eastern States Buddhist Temple (Pureland, 1962) OPTIONAL: PLEASE DONATE TO TEMPLES! _/|\_ Eddie -- Venerable Benkong's Bio --- Venerable Benkong Shi has been a resident monk at Grace Gratitude Buddhist Temple 佛恩寺, 48 East Broadway, NYC, Chinatown, since Nov 2005. He is presently training interpreters and translators of Buddhism in his workshops called Buddha Dharma Translation Teams (BDTT) 佛法翻譯同好會. He is a volunteer Chinese Medical Interpreter at NY Presbyterian Hospital - NY Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also working with health organizations to screen people in Chinatown for Hepatitis B and C and offers them case management and support. He provides Buddhist services at a local federal prison. Ven. Benkong has been a monk since June, 2001. He became a monk in Africa where he lived for 12 years prior to returning to NYC. In 1993, he established an NGO, (non-profit) in S. Africa, called Center for Positive Care (www.posicare.co.za), which offers HIV/AIDS programs and services to the HIV+ community in Limpopo Province of S. Africa. Ven. Benkong believes that his work in AIDS led him to a spiritual life and finally becoming a monk. He practices Chinese Mahayana Maitreya Pure Land Buddhism emphasizing the Bodhisattva Path, which is cultivating oneself by helping others. Ven. Benkong was born in Jersey City, NJ, USA, in 1952. He began studying Chinese at the age of 16 at a Seton Hall University summer program for high school students, and went to Taiwan at 17 in 1969. He then studied in the Asian Studies Dept at Seton Hall Univ., and then Fu Jen Univ. in Taiwan where he studied Chinese history and philosophy. Ven. Benkong returned to the USA in 1986 and worked in the San Francisco with children of Chinese immigrants in youth homes for severely emotionally disturbed children/adolescents. Then at the height of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, AIDS was impacting new immigrant Mandarin speaking Chinese population in the San Fran. Bay Area. Ven. Benkong became one of the first Mandarin speaking HIV educators. He worked at the Univ. of California, San Francisco, AIDS Health Project beginning in 1990. During this time he also acquired an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology. A return visit to S. Africa in 1989 convinced him that his mission was to set up an HIV/AIDS NGO there. While on his mission in S. Africa he became convinced that Buddhism offers solutions to the suffering we experience in the human realm. He then dedicated himself to Buddhist practice along with his AIDS work. After spending 27 years in Africa and Asia, Ven. Benkong was accepted by the abbess of Grace Gratitude Buddhist Temple to concentrate on his Buddhist practice and as well as training translators and interpreters of Buddhism. His training sessions are available in the USA, Taiwan, South Africa, Malawi and Scotland via the internet. He is active in Chinese immigrant HIV education, Hepatitis B programs, outreach and advocacy. He continues to support the work of AIDS organizations in Africa.

1 Day Zen Retreat with David Listen @ Buddhist Insights (Intensive Retreat)

Dear Dharma Drink Friends, There is a 1-day Meditation Retreat with David Listen (Formerly a Zen Monk) at Buddhist Insights this coming Sunday. Many members of Dharma Drink have taken David Listen's meditation class and retreats and enjoyed the experience. Here is another opportunity. Please read the message in its entirely. DESCRIPTION: "This series of one-day retreats will focus on the Chan practice of silent illumination. This style of meditation is a very gentle and relaxing approach to calming and clarifying the mind. Based on the principle that the mind is inherently wakeful, you’ll learn how to apply this approach to sitting meditation as well as to activities such as: walking, movements and exercises, and the whole of daily life." NOTE: "This retreat is intensive--there are strict guidelines of noble silence (no talking), no cell phone use, and no leaving the retreat center grounds. It is recommended that participants have prior experience in meditation (e.g. having taken a class or meditate at home)." TICKETS: MUST REGISTER WITH SPONSORS! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-gentle-way-day-2-intensive-retreat-with-david-listen-tickets-55597377252 FEE: Donation based - recommend that you donate please! Transportation: (A) Train to Beach 67th St Station. Look forward to meditating with everyone, _/|\_ Eddie - - ABOUT THE TEACHER: David Listen Bio David Listen, born and raised on Long Island, New York, is one of the few people to serve as monastic disciple of late Chan/Zen Master Sheng Yen and received his monastic education at Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education. David has been studying and teaching Zen/Chan Buddhist practice, including intensive meditation retreats for over ten years throughout the US, Europe, and East Asia. Previously known as Venerable Chang Wen, he had been a monk for over a decade, living Buddhism's way of life within the structure and discipline of a monastic community. During that period he served for six years as the director of Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Upstate NY. Now he is following his own creative direction and returned to laity to continue to share the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha's teaching in a more engaged way. He currently lectures, leads meditation retreats, writes articles, translates Chinese Buddhist texts, and composes meditative music. His current profession is life mentoring/coaching practice. David holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He's currently getting his MSEd in Mental Health Counseling. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Professional Link - https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-kabacinski-359469106 http://theseventhwave.co/looking-for-the-buddha/ http://davidlisten.com (http://davidlisten.com/) - - - ABOUT Buddhist Insights- - - Buddhist Insights is a non-profit organization connecting people with monastics. Our mission is to make monastic teachings more accessible to the general public. We invite monks and nuns from various Buddhist traditions to offer the gift of the Dhamma in urban centers for designated short periods of times. The Buddhist monastic order is composed of individuals who have dedicated their lives to studying and practicing the Buddha’s teachings, and is therefore a valuable source of highly experienced and knowledgeable Dhamma teachers. http://buddhistinsights.com/about/ --- Comments from fellow Dharma Drinkers on David's meditation sessions --- Aug 23 Meditation Class C: Very helpful pointers. It's been helping me so much I am grateful. S: A very reinvigorating and rewarding meditation session to enjoy... T: The moving and sitting meditations that David led us thru were great... July 29 Meditation Retreat D:This was the most intense meditation retreat, I went to. I'm so glad, I decided to go. Lots of new information! Thank you David.. M: Great retreat and Monastery July 12 Meditation Class M: It takes a great teacher to gently transform our sometimes misguided ideas not just about how to do something, but about what it is. David Listen does that for meditation.

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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