What we're about

SPECIAL NOTICE: In response to concerns regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the health and safety of our members, we had canceled all in-person meetups for the since March and will continue through May. At this time we are not planning any meet-in-person in June at this time as well.

Thank you for understanding.

Please be careful, stay safe and healthy,

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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

Upcoming events (4+)

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

THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL HANGOUT
LINK WILL BE SENT OUT PARTICIPANTS

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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!

Look for the “Dharma Drink” sign or ask the staff, we are generally at the same spot next to the stairs but sometime we are at other locations due to special museum activities.

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: 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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Avalokiteshvara, Ming Dynasty[masked], from National Palace Museum at Taipei, Taiwan

Book Club: Lotus Sutra (Reeves) - [Sutra of the Lotus Flower Ch-17 to Ch-19]

Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

We’re about to revisit a Buddhist Sutra adventure. We’ve read many fascinating and eye opening texts from the Surangama & Diamond sutras to Pali Canon Anthologies & Middle Length Discourse (by Bhikkhu Bodhi).

We will be rereading the Lotus Sutra, a very important Mahayana sutra. Per Wiki: "The Lotus Sūtra .. is one of the most popular and influential Mahayana sutras..."

We will be using the version translated by Gene Reeves this time around. If you don't want to spend the money you can use the BDK translation, the translation we used for our previously Lotus Sutra discussion. See links below.

If you have another translated version, you are also welcome to join if you have done the reading. However, when we reference texts, translations or pages, we will be focused on the Gene Reeves's version.

READING:
( - ) The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharma
Ch 17 - The Variety of Blessings
Ch 18 - Blessings of Responding with Joy
Ch 19 - The Blessings of the Dharma Teacher

Please make sure you've also read the Intro & Preface as well, Reeves sets up the reader ready for the translations. In future readings if there are a lot to cover and if we don't finish, we will start right where we left off next time.

NOTE: that we are here to read, exchange and help each other. We’re not here to expound. If you need deeper learning, please go visit a Buddhist teaching center.

ALSO: *** MUST READ TO PARTICIPATE ***

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Eddie

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Gene Reeve's translation - https://www.amazon.com/Lotus-Sutra-Contemporary-Translation-Buddhist-ebook/dp/B00HT53JNO/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2H4ZT4F50ZP6W&dchild=1&keywords=gene+Reeves+lotus&qid=1621027810&sprefix=gene+ree%2Caps%2C147&sr=8-1

BDK translation - http://www.bdk.or.jp/document/dgtl-dl/dBET_T0262_LotusSutra_2007.pdf

Coffee Chat - Lucid Dreaming (Esoteric Buddhist Practice?)

Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

We're planning to have a coffee chat about Lucid Dreams again for the second time.

While some people never have them, some sometimes have them, and fewer have them consistently. Several Dharma Drink friends who have consistent lucid dreams will talk about their experiences followed by Q&A and then open dialogue.

Format:
- Invited Dharma Drink friends with consistent lucid dreams will speak about their experience. Neil and Lara
- Q&A
- Open discussion

While our discussion will be on lucid dreams; this topic is made into an event because previously in Dharma Drink book club on Mind Beyond Death by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, one of the Tibetan esoteric practice is "Dream Yoga".

Paraphrasing here so please read the book if you like to learn more about it. Tibetan esoteric practice of Dream Yoga is to cultivate the recognition of mind nature. Dreams are a continuation of our confusion; lucid dreams can help transform our confusion. Our habitual tendency to grasp at appearances as real is cut through, realize the nature of the mind and the appearances are part of the training in dream yoga...

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https://www.meetup.com/DharmaDrink/events/270712237/
http://www.dpr.info/biography/
- From Author - http://www.dpr.info/books/mind-beyond-death/
- From Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Beyond-Death-Dzogchen-Ponlop/dp/1559393017/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1582176662&sr=8-1

Book Club: Thich Nhat Hanh - The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching (Ch-14 - Ch 16)

Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

The 4-Noble Truths? 8-Fold Path? 6 Perfections? Thich Nhat Hanh teaches these and other core Buddhist concepts in the book, The Heart of Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation.

While we read many Mahayana sutras and Pali Canons, this time we like to read and learn the core Buddhist concepts from Thich Nhat Hanh, Thay. Thay is a world renowned Buddhist Zen Master and he skillfully teaches important ancient Buddhist concepts to everyday seekers like us.

BOOK LINKS: see bottom or write up.

READING:
Ch 14 - Right Diligence
Ch 15 - Right Concentration
Ch 16 - Right Livelihood
- WILL ADJUST BASED ON HOW FAR WE COVERED PREVIOUSLY

We will likely not be able to cover all the chapter readings, so if we don't finish, we will start right where we left off for the following meet.

NOTE: that we are here to read, exchange and help each other. We’re not here to expound. If you need deeper learning, please go visit a Buddhist teaching center.

ALSO: *** MUST READ TO PARTICIPATE ***

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Eddie

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011G3HD6I/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

https://plumvillage.org/books/the-heart-of-the-buddhas-teaching/

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