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SPECIAL NOTICE

Dear Dharma Drink Friends

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 month of March and April.

Will be certain events that will be switched to full virtual meetings, which will be held through Zoom. 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 (5)

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

Dear Dharma Drink Friends, Hope you're doing okay during this trying time. We haven't met at the Rubin for many weeks now and may be some time before we could meet again at the Rubin. Many friends miss our fun conversations, so we'll try to hang out through Zoom! This is our first virtual hangout try so it will be interesting. RSVP and we'll send you a log on link to Zoom. Stay safe! - - - original message below - - - 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

Book Club: The Dhammapada (POSTPONED TO APRIL 19TH)

POSTPONED TO APRIL 19TH Apologies for the postponement; we would like to be prudent for everyone's sake. Additionally, the 1st meet date may still shift to earlier or later. Thank you for understanding. Eddie - - - ORIGINAL TEXT BELOW - - - Dear Dharma Drink Friends, We’re about to embark on another Buddhist book (Buddhist Sutra / Pali Canon) adventure. We’ve read many fascinating and eye opening texts from the Surangama & Diamond sutras to Pali Canon Anthologies (by Bhikkhu Bodhi). Let's read the Dhammapada! Dhammapada as described by Bhikkhu Bodhi: "From ancient times to the present, the Dhammapada has been regarded as the most succinct expression of the Buddha;s teaching found in the Pali Canon and the chief spiritual testament of early Buddhism...." Wiki:"...is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures..." This Dhammapada version we selected is translated by Gil Fronsdal. While there are many translations, Pete Sarfaty who will be leading this book discussion found this translation to be good for our group. Translator Gil Fronsdal's comment: "In this translation, I have tried to put aside my own interpretations and preferences, insofar as possible, in favor of accuracy. In attempting a literal translation, I am trying to understand early Buddhism in its own terms so I can better evaluate our modern versions of Buddhism. After nearly thirty years of practice, I remain inspired by the teachings of the Buddha, and I hope to understand better what the Buddha taught by going back to the original text and rendering it into modern English." https://www.lionsroar.com/in-translation-the-inexhaustable-dhammapada/ Please try to read the same version but 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 Gil Fronsdal. READING: - Commentary - Introduction - Ch-1 - Ch-2 There are a lot of reading here and we will likely not finish all the chapters. 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. _/|\_ Pete & Eddie - - - Links to Book - - - https://www.shambhala.com/dhammapada-15046.html https://www.amazon.com/Dhammapada-Translation-Buddhist-Classic-Annotations/dp/1590303806/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Dhammapada+Translated+by+Gil+Fronsdal&qid=1578945162&sr=8-1 - - - Link to another version of Dhammapada - - - http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/scrndhamma.pdf

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! 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 - - - - - - picture - - - - - Avalokiteshvara, Ming Dynasty[masked], from National Palace Museum at Taipei, Taiwan

Book Club: Mind Beyond Death by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (POSTPONED to May 2nd)

POSTPONED TO MAY 2ND - there will be no more postponement. Apologies for the postponement AGAIN and we will not be postponing this again. The date is set on May 2nd. Weird times, and we hope you understand. Thank you. - - - - - ORIGINAL TEXT BELOW - - - - Dear Dharma Drink Friends, I'm so excited to read this book with fellow seekers. We learn and practice in hope of gaining some insights in life and beyond. I was very fortunate to have sought the advice from the abbot of Vajra Dakini Nunnery (Drikung Kagyu lineage), Venerable Khenmo Drolma; she recommended this book to me. The author Dzogchen Rinpoche is acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. http://www.dpr.info/biography/ FORMAT: We plan to meet once every two to three weeks, usually on Saturdays. Madison will be leading our discussions. 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. READING: For our first meet, please read through Chapter 1 and 2. We will likely only have time to cover Chapter 1. _/|\_ Madison and Eddie - - - Virtual Meet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - If you like to join virtually, please sign up first and then contact Eddie via Meetup message for details. - - - Where to buy the book - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 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 - - - Reviews - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ---- "Mind Beyond Death goes a long way toward demystifying these teachings about the transition between one life and another and making them relevant to everyday life. The way to meet death fully, says Ponlop Rinpoche, is to die every day to every moment to everything. To our thoughts to our agony to our emotions to our loving relationships—even to our joy...." —Shambhala Sun ---- "Ponlog Rinpoche's excellent book, Mind Beyond Death, is a great contribution...." —Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor, Columbia University; translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead ---- "With profound understanding of the Western mind and warm informality, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche makes the Tibetan teachings on the bardos - the intervals of life, death, and beyond - completely available to the modern reader.... The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is one of the foremost scholars and educators of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism." —Shambhala Sun

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