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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+)

Book Club: The Heart Sutra (Commentaries by Master Sheng Yen & Thich Nhat Hanh)

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Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

"Perhaps the best know of all Buddhist Sutras, the Heart Sutra is recited in Buddhist centers, temples, and monasteries around the world. Its popularity and importance to Buddhists, over centuries of practice, is understandable. Though brief, the Heart Sutra embodies the essence of Buddhadharma. Most longer sutras emphasize various individual aspects of Buddhadharma from many perspectives, but the Heart Sutra, jut over a page long, distills the teachings of the Buddha to their purest, clearest, most concise essence," There is No Suffering by Chan Master Sheng Yen.

BOOKS - Choose either book below:
- There is No Suffering A Commentary of Heart Sutra by Chan Master Sheng Yen. (Book 1)
- The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh (Book 2)

READING (Book 1 or Book 2):
Book 1 - Thru page 116
Book 2 - Ch 16 thru 18.

AMAZON LINKS:
- There is No Suffering A Commentary of Heart Sutra by Chan Master Sheng Yen.
- The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh.

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. We will be adhering to the contents of the book. We will not have any inter-religious discussions. If you like to discuss any topics with anyone not pertaining to the book, we advise you to initiate a conversation with whomever on another zoom at another time, not during the book club discussion. Thank you for understanding.

Into video to book club - https://youtu.be/8H8ipH21uTk

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Pete

- - - About the authors - - -
Chan Master Sheng Yen - https://www.shambhala.com/the-legacy-of-master-sheng-yen/
Thich Nhat Hanh - https://www.shambhala.com/thich-nhat-hanh/

Dharma Movie Discussion: Ashoka (Asoka, Indian Bollywood 2001 - Shah Rukh Khan)

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Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

Let's chat about the movie the Asoka (Ashoka), a 2001 Hindi-language Bollywood film. It's a loosely historical depiction of Ashoka [masked] BCE), the king-emperor who's rule spanned west from the edge of present day Iran, east through present day Bangladesh, and south to edge of present day Tamil Nadu of southern India.

What is the significance of Ashoka the Great? Toward the latter part of his rein he converted to Buddhism and became a more benign and tolerant ruler (debatable). He's also accredited for playing an important role in the spread of Buddhism across ancient Asia.

Note that this is a Bollywood film so expect a lengthy, song & dance, larger than life, and emotionally charged melodrama. This will be a double exposure to both Indian history and the Bollywood genre!

REVIEW
Definitely a mix bag of reviews. The movie received many positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival but lackluster reviews from elsewhere, However per one review the "historical accuracy" was unexpectedly close to the real thing.

Per Guardian review: "...as far as historical accuracy is concerned, there's a surprising result: though the whole Pawan/Kaurwaki episode is fantasy, the film mostly avoids messing around with the known facts. Despite its brazenly anachronistic glitz, this is unexpectedly close to zen mastery."

Want to explore a foreign movie from India? Here's an opportunity to watch and then chat with like minded friends.

To join us you MUST first watch the film yourself and then join us for discussion. We're here to have fun and chat so let's all have a good time.

WHERE TO WATCH? (subject to change)

Looking forward!

Eddie

--- Helpful Links ---
YouTube - Ashoka the Great - Rise of the Mauryan Empire Documentary
YouTube - Decoding Ashoka's Legacy | Ancient Indian History

--- Review Links ---
Rediff.com review - https://www.rediff.com/movies/2001/oct/24mkt.htm
Empire review - https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/asoka-review/
Guardian review - https://www.theguardian.com/film/2008/aug/14/1

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

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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 Discussion: BUDDHA'S CONTEMPORARIES - Middle Length Discourses

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Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

Our next book club will be back on The Middle-Length Discourses of the Buddha, Majjhima Nikāya.

Please read/skim through the introduction as Bhikkhu Bodhi helps us understand the background and basics. For our discussions, we will cover the following chapters:

Read Chapters
76 - Sandaka Sutta: To Sandaka
98 - Vasettha Sutta: To Vasettha
Intro Subchapter - The Buddha and his Contemporaries

Discussion Preparation:
Please prepare 3-5 points of interests or questions per chapter.

Optional:
Audio Teachings by Bhikkhu Bodhi - https://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic-study-of-the-majjhima-nikaya.html

NOTE - each book discussion is independent of others, so you can join any meeting without having attended previous ones.

Per Bodhi Monastery: "The Majjhima Nikaya, or 'Middle-length Discourses' of the Buddha, is the second of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Tipitaka. This nikaya consists of 152 discourses by the Buddha and his chief disciples, which together constitute a comprehensive body of teaching concerning all aspects of the Buddha Dharma."

Per Bhikkhu Bodhi: “If the Majjhima Nikāya were to be characterized by a single phrase to distinguish it from among the other books of the Pali Canon, this might be done by describing it as the collection that combines the richest variety of contextual settings with the deepest and most comprehensive assortment of teachings.”

The translation we plan to use is by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. This is a BIG book, so we plan to do the following:

  • We will cover only select nikayas, chapters.
  • Every meet will cover select nakyas, (each stands on its own)
  • Will try to meet regularly, either weekly or every two to three weeks.

Since each chapter or nakaya is independent on its own, you can join at any session provided you have read the material for the discussion.

The book is available in many different formats, from free downloads to ($) hard copies, please see the links below.

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

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Eddie

  • Where to get this book (Price as of write up of event) - - -

Free PDF: http://promienie.net/blog/philosophy-spirituality/buddhism/dharma-collection/item/172-middle-length-discourses-of-the-buddha

Free PFD: http://lirs.ru/lib/sutra/The_Middle_Length_Discourses(Majjhima_Nikaya),Nanamoli,Bodhi,1995.pdf

Hardcopy ($75) or Ebook ($30) by Wisdomexperience.org - https://wisdomexperience.org/product/middle-length-discourses-buddha/

Kindle ($38) or Hard Copy ($50), you can find it on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/086171072X?ie=UTF8&tag=bodhimonas-20&link_code=wql&camp=212361&creative=380601

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