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Morgan Library and Museum
Dear Dharma Drink Friends, Lets go to the Morgan Museum and check out Tolkian: Maker of Middle-Earth exhibit. This exhibit is by Bodleian Libraries, Univ of Oxford in collaboration with Morgan Museums. Friday nights from 7:00-9:00pm the museum is FREE. We will meet at 6:45 by the cafe inside the Morgan Library and enter together. At 9:00pm after the museum, for those of us with appetite we will head out to dinner. Eddie
Rubin Museum of Art - K2 Lounge / Cafe Serai
Dear Dharma Drink Friends, So excited to read The Vimalakirti Sutra! This sutra is a very important Mahayana scripture. It is one of the few sutras where the protagonist is a lay person, not Buddha or one of his main ordained disciples. Book Title / Translator: The Vilamakirti Sutra / John R McRae This book club is meant for us to read the sutra and help each other where we can. This is NOT a book club for us to expound. For deeper learning, you can seek out centers that are giving Dharma talks on this sutra. This is a considered a fairly short sutra with only around 130 pages. We like to finish this sutra in 6-8 sessions. Everyone must pre-read before participating. READING: Fascicle TWO, through page 149. HOMEWORK: Come with 2 questions or comments & 1 favorite quote. Per Description from Columbia University's Press on the Vilamakirti Sutra: "One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism. Unlike most sutras, its central figure is not a Buddha but a wealthy townsman, who, in his mastery of doctrine and religious practice, epitomizes the ideal lay believer. For this reason, the sutra has held particular significance for men and women of the laity in Buddhist countries of Asia, assuring them that they can reach levels of spiritual attainment fully comparable to those accessible to monks and nuns of the monastic order. " _/|\_ Eddie - - - Where to get the book - - - 1) Free PDF: http://info.stiltij.nl/publiek/meditatie/soetras2/vimalakirti-srimala-mcrae.pdf 2) UofHawaii: https://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/title/the-sutra-of-queen-srimala-of-the-lions-roar-the-vimalakirti-sutra/ 3) Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sutra-Srimala-Vimalakirti-English-Tripitaka/dp/1886439311/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1541383753&sr=1-1&keywords=vimalakirti+mcrae 4) B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sutra-of-queen-srimala-of-the-lions-roar-the-vimalakirti-sutra-john-r-mcrae/1127184218
Dear Dharma Drink Friends! Tricycle presents their 2019 Buddhist Short Film Festival in West Village NYC! Tricycle has also kindly offered our members a ticket discount! Featured films (details & link below): - Quick Sand: The Kalachakra Mandala (Directed by Jacob Wise) - Blind Vaysha (Directed by Theodore Ushev) - Seeing Through (Directed by Jordan Quaglia) - In Ordinary Life (Directed by Lina Verchery) - A Thousand Mothers (Directed by Kim Shelton) Schedule on Tues, Jan 29th - 6:00 pm Doors open. Wine, cheese, and popcorn are served. Art exhibit by Ben Chatag Paljor. - 6:30–8:00 pm Screening of all five short films. - 8:00–8:30 pm Q&A with directors moderated by Tricycle. - 8:30–9:30 pm Reception. TICKET: MUST BUY THROUGH TRICYCLE (EVENTBRITE) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tricycles-buddhist-shorts-film-festival-tickets-52886745680?aff=trikefilm#tickets PRICE: $25 ($20 after applying discount code) DISCOUNT: $5 discount code will be provided with RSVP During mingling, you can look for myself and Peter! If you don't find us, just enjoy the films. Also, if somehow you cannot make the Tuesday evening, there is another chance to go on Thursday night. _/|\_ Eddie --- Film Desc 2019 Shorts Lineup & LINK --- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tricycles-buddhist-shorts-film-festival-tickets-50089417797?aff=trikefilm Quick Sand: The Kalachakra Mandala Directed by Jacob Wise / 2018 / US / 15 min. Watch in awe as a group of dedicated Tibetan Buddhist monks at Namgyal monastery in upstate New York work day and night to build an elaborate Kalachakra [Wheel of Time] sand mandala, only to dismantle it as part of the final ceremonial offering. Blind Vaysha Directed by Theodore Ushev / 2016 / Canada / 8 min. Cursed with a green left eye that sees only the past and a brown right eye that glimpses the future, Little Vaysha is split between two worlds. Adapted from a story penned by Bulgarian playwright Georgi Gospodinover, Vaysha’s parable is the subject of this Oscar-contender for best animated short, which speaks volumes about our difficulty to live in the present. Seeing Through Directed by Jordan Quaglia / 2018 / US / 11 min. This humorous short doc, directed by a Buddhist neuroscientist and experimental psychologist, captures people's responses to illusory 3D worlds as they try out virtual reality for the first time. In Ordinary Life Directed by Lina Verchery / 2013 / Canada / 9 min. An award-winning independent filmmaker and scholar of religions turns her camera to a community of Chinese Buddhist nuns on pilgrimage in the Canadian Rockies. A Thousand Mothers Directed by Kim Shelton / 2016 / Myanmar / 39 min. Shot on-site at a 118-year-old nunnery on the banks of Myanmar's Irrawaddy River, this short film takes an unprecedented look into the daily grind of pink and saffron-robed Buddhist nuns, ranging from age seven to seventy, who have found refuge, education, and friendship amid external hardships.
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! 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 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: 7-?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