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: 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:
- Introduction
- Poem
- Ch 1: Retreat One, Embarking on the Practice

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: Thich Nhat Hanh - The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching (Ch 17 - Ch 18)

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 17 - Two Truths
Ch 18 - The Three Dharma Seals
- 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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