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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

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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: Trust in the Heart / "Faith in Mind" Zen Poem - Lectures on Practice

Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

"Trust in the Heart" is the sixth century beloved classic Zen poem by the Third Patriarch of Zen, Seng Ts'an. You may know this poem from one of its many other names from original Xin Xin Ming (信心銘) to translated Faith in Mind, Trust in the Mind, Verses on the Faith Mind...

"The Hsin Hsin Ming is a masterpiece of economy, expressing the profoundest truth of the enlightened mind in only a few short pages," Faith In Mind.

This book is based on a series of retreats based on this poem. Per Master Sen Yeng, "... use the poem as a take-off point to inspire and deal with issues that arise during the course of practice. True faith in mind is the belief grounded in realization that we have a fundamental, unmoving, and unchanging mind. This mind is precisely the Buddha mind."

READING:
- Retreat One: 4. Unifying the Mind
- Retreat One: 5. Stilling Words and Thoughts
- Retreat Two: 6. Giving Up Expectations
- Retreat Two: 7. Beyond One Mind

MEDITATION: As this book is based on a series of Dharma talk on meditation retreats, to gain better insight from our book discussions we highly encourage you to meditate daily for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. However if you have a difficult time blocking out 30 minutes a day, we encourage you to take short meditation sessions daily.

BOOK from Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Mind-Commentary-Tsans-Classic/dp/1590303970/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=faith+in+mind&qid=1630573670&sr=8-1

SUPPLEMENTAL TRANSLATIONS - https://www.patheos.com/blogs/monkeymind/2018/07/faith-of-the-heart-mind-20-english-translations-of-the-xinxin-ming.html

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

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About the author - https://www.shambhala.com/the-legacy-of-master-sheng-yen/

Book Club: Pali Canon - Middle Length Discourses [Majjhima Nikāya]

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:
Ch 4 - Fear and Dread [Bhayabherava Sutta]
Ch 47 - The Inquirer [Vimamsaka Sutta]
Ch 95 - With Canki [Canki Sutta]

Optional:
Audio Teaching 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

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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

Book Club: Thich Nhat Hanh - The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching (Ch 20 - Ch 21)

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 20 - Three Bodies of Buddha
Ch 21 - The Three Jewels
- 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 ***

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

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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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