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+)

Surangama Mantra Recitation

Online event

Buddhist mantra recitation is another type of Buddhist practice that helps to cultivate the mind. Join us to recite together the Śūraṅgama (Shurangama) Mantra.

We will watch and follow a YouTube video which recites and spells out the mantra in Sanskrit pronunciation. The video is around 20 minutes long to recite the mantra one time.

Have you heard of Shurangama Mantra?
- Thich Nhat Hanh stated in his book THE HEART OF BUDDHA'S TEACHING: "When I could not attend morning chanting because I had another task, just hearing the words of the Surangama Sutra coming from the Buddha Hall brought me happiness." (Shurangama Sutra, a big book, was spoken for the sake of the Shurangama Mantra)

What is the Śūraṅgama Mantra?
- "The Śūraṅgama Mantra was, according to the opening chapter of the Śūraṅgama Sūtra, historically transmitted by Gautama Buddha to Manjushri to protect Ananda before he had become an arhat. It was again spoken by the Buddha before an assembly of monastic and lay adherents." Chan Meditation Center.

Why are we reciting Buddhist mantras?
- "...in Buddhism, the primary purpose of reciting mantras, particularly those consisting of the names and fundamental vows of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, is to cultivate the mind. Buddhist mantras are also known as dharanis. Practitioners evoke their recollections of the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas through specific sounds and rhythms. When reciting with utmost sincerity, practitioners' body, speech and mind will naturally harmonize, thereby aligning with the power of Buddhas' and Bodhisattvas' compassionate vows." Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association

Why recite the Shurangama Mantra?
- There are many different Buddhist mantras such as the Great Compassion Mantra, Mantra of Medicine Buddha, etc. and you may find certain one more fitting for you. Per late Venerable Master Hsuan Hua of City of Ten Thousand Buddhas: "Among the Buddha's teachings, the Shurangama Mantra is considered to be the king of mantras because it is the longest and most important. ... It is the efficacious phrases of the Shurangama Mantra that keep the world from coming to an end.,"

Who is this for?
- This is for people who are already or interested in reciting the Shurangama Mantra and would like to do so with fellow practitioners on the path. Additionally this may help us learn how to pronounce properly.

Youtube link
- Shurangama Mantra in Sanskrit pronunciation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3tEEgf_Ruc

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Eddie

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https://chancenter.org/en/teachings/chanting-and-liturgy/surangama-mantra-chanting-service

https://www.dharmadrum.org/portal_d8_cnt_page.php?folder_id=7&cnt_id=19&up_page=2

http://www.cttbusa.org/dharmatalks/shurangamamantra.asp.html

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-21 to Ch-23]

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 21 - Divine Powers of the Tathagata
Ch 22 - Entrustment
Ch 23 - Previous Lives of the Medicine King Bodhisattva

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

Buddhist Global Relief - Buddhist Action to Feed the Hungry [ Bhikkhu Bodhi ]

Dharma Drink Friends,

Please join Buddhist Global Relief's 2021 online fundraiser. Buddhist Global Relief ("BGR") was formed by American Buddhist scholar-monk, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, and his students in 2007. BGR helps the needy both locally and internationally, regardless of race, nationality, or religion.

BGR Mission - Relieve Chronic Hunger & Malnutrition Worldwide

BGR Project Areas - Food Assistance, Education, Women's Empowerment, Sustainable Agriculture

Historically BGR would hold physical events such as BGR Walk to Feed the Hungry or BGR Benefit Concert in NYC and in other cities across the globe. Dharma Drink members have been supporting BGR here in NYC by participating, donating, volunteering, or just spreading the word.

BGR: "The Buddhist Action to Feed the Hungry Online Gathering: Eastern/Central U.S., to be held on Saturday, October 30, at 1 p.m. Eastern time, is an opportunity for us to come together in support of BGR’s work to relieve the suffering of chronic hunger worldwide. The gathering, held via Zoom, will feature talks by BGR founder and chair Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and other celebrated Dharma teachers as well as information about BGR’s work around the globe."

BGR: "There is no charge for this event, but your generous donation will support Buddhist Global Relief’s work to feed the hungry, educate children in need, support sustainable agriculture, and empower vulnerable women."

NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL & YOU CAN DONATE ANONYMOUSLY! Thank you!!!

Two ways to help raise money!

(1) Join our team to raise money or donate. https://www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/campaigns/dharma-drink/

(2) Join on your own, create your own team, or just donate.
https://www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/campaigns/buddhist-action-to-feed-the-hungry-2021-2/

Every dollar counts! Dana to the world!

For the past several years we had great times, meeting other compassionate Buddhists, like minded friends, and monastics from many different sanghas. This year we'll meet them on Zoom. To do so you need to register to the link below.

REGISTER - https://www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/campaigns/buddhist-action-to-feed-the-hungry-2021-2/

Thank you,

Eddie

---- About BGR ----
https://www.buddhistglobalrelief.org
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKrp5TOP91Y

---- BGR Projects ----
- Women: A Catalyst for Change in Cambodia
- Improving Crop Resilience and Income for Rice Farmers in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam
- Education for Children of Backpack Medics in Burma
- Improved nutrition among children and pregnant women in Cote d'Ivoire
- Supporting the nutrition of poor children in Haiti
- Prosperity through resilient agriculture in India
- ETC.
https://www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/index.php/en/

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