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THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL HANGOUT LINK WILL BE SENT OUT PARTICIPANTS - - - - original text 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 - - - - - - picture - - - - - Avalokiteshvara, Ming Dynasty[masked], from National Palace Museum at Taipei, Taiwan
Dear Dharma Drink Friends, For this Friday night we will chat about the movie the Groundhog Day. It's one of my favorite fun movies, seen it many time and I've often thought, "hmm ... Buddhist like..." Well apparently many other Buddhists feel the same. But a little google search found that this movie transcends to other faiths too! If you haven't seen it, WHAAAT??? Here's your chance! Also don’t read the bottom of the write up where NYTimes raves about the movie but gives too much away! If you like to join us, you MUST first watch the film yourself and then join us for discussion, specifically why is it considered a "Buddhist" film. We're here to have fun and chat so let's all have a good time. WHERE TO WATCH? The film is available to stream on Netflix until Aug. 31st, and rent on Amazon videos for several dollars. FORMAT: We will be doing this the same time as our usual Dharma Drink Friday night. We will start all together in one group and then we'll split the group up between those (1) who like to meet like minded and hang out and (2) those planning to join a fun discussion on the movie. More info on the film: - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-groundhog-day-buddhis_b_162950 - https://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/07/style/groundhog-almighty.html - https://www.lionsroar.com/harold-ramis-profile-by-perry-garfinkel/ - https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/groundhog-day/ Looking forward! Eddie —————————————— NYTimes: "Harold Ramis begins his 1993 comedy with a delicious (and oft-replicated) premise: What if you were stuck living the exact same terrible day, over and over, no matter what you did? The “Caddyshack” director and his frequent collaborator Bill Murray ingeniously work through the possibilities of their “time loop” and then go a step further, pondering existential questions about the nature of humanity — and about the ways in which a selfish jerk might turn his dilemma into a teachable moment. It’s both uproariously funny and surprisingly warm, featuring some of Murray’s best work."
Dear Dharma Drink Friends, It has taken some time of staying put for us New Yorkers to get to where we're at today. Per NBCNews: "New York City entered the fourth and final phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's reopening plan Monday (7/20) -- absent the return of new indoor activities like malls and museums..." Join us for a MASKED & SOCIALLY DISTANCED bird walk in Central Park. We will be joining Birding Bob who's been bird walking for almost 30 years! Bring $10 cash for Birding Bob. You can also rent binoculars through Birding Bob https://www.birdingbob.com/. After the bird walk, we may go grab some veg-friendly food. FEE: $10 (to Birding Bob for his services) SCHEDULE: 9:15 am - meet at Boathouse 9:30 am - begin walk 11:30 am - finish walk 12:00 pm - Tentative luncheon (vegan or vegan friendly) MUST: Mandatory wear mask policy to participate NOTE: Dress accordingly. Bring your binoculars or camera. Unforeseen inclement weather may cause meetup cancellation. Thank you and stay safe, Eddie - - - Relevant Info - - - https://www.birdingbob.com/ Bob is from NYC - he was born in the Bronx, not so long ago. In the late 1980s he began the first autumn raptor migration study at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx [masked]), and later in Central Park at Belvedere Castle [masked]). He earned MS and PhD degrees studying the flora of NYC, while working full-time as a biologist for the NYC Department of Parks. His bird walks began in spring 1992 and have continued each year since then. Bob worked on the reintroduction of the Eastern Screech-owl to Central Park [masked]) and various breeding bird surveys of the park, including studying a Peregrine Falcon nest on Central Park West [masked]). In between these research projects and the bird walks, Bob began raptor migration research projects in Nepal (starting in 1999) and Thailand (starting 2003); both sites have become globally significant bird migration hot spots. These days Bob lives in the Bronx with Deborah Allen in a house they own with a garden outside and tropical fish inside...and he remains an independent voice for the importance of urban parks and green spaces for birds and people.
Dear Dharma Drink Friends, "The practice Zen Mind is beginners mind. The innocence of the first inquiry--what am I?--is needed throughout Zen practice. The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities. It is the kind of mind to see things as they are, which step by step and in a flash, can realize the nature of everything." Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. We’re about to embark on another Buddhist book 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: "ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND" by Shunryu Suzuki! READ: - Preface, - Introduction - Prologue Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is considered one of the most beloved of all American Zen books. Per Shambhala.com: "In the thirty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much re-read, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics—from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality—in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page. It's a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice." There are many different version but I believe they are all the same. Just make sure the table of contents are as follows: Preface by Huston Smith; Into by Richard Baker; Prologue: Beginner's Mind; Part 1 Right Practice; Posture; Breathing;, Control; Mind Waves... See the various links below A link to join the online book discussion will be sent to those who RSVP'd. _/|\_ Pete & Eddie - - - Links to Book - - - https://www.shambhala.com/zen-mind-beginner-s-mind-1796.html https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Mind-Beginners-Informal-Meditation-ebook/dp/B00I8USOM0 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/402843.Zen_Mind_Beginner_s_Mind more will follow if found