Essential Heart of Kasungship

with Mark Curtin

April 13th—April 14th

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Room: Main Meditation Hall

The Meaning of Protector Principle

The principle of “Protection” is an essential aspect of our Shambhala practices. We regularly contact this principle through our protector chants (invoking dharma protectors) and in our Dorje Kasung practices (described below). The Pillar of Protection is one of the major ways that the society of Shambhala manifests – and it is especially relevant at this time!

Please join us this weekend to learn the inner meanings related to the role of Dorje Kasung and protection within Shambhala. This program is open to everybody who is interested in learning more about the sense of protection in our lives.

The Dorje Kasung is an organization within Shambhala modeled on the ancient tradition of dharma protectors and drala warriors. Its members are trained in protecting the space in which practitioners are able to hear and practice the teachings. The protection extends to the teacher who presents the teachings, the teachings themselves, and the community that practices the teachings. Protection principle also extends to our homes and everyday lives.

At the Shambhala Center, protection is provided through various functions, such as the gatekeeper who assures that meditation sessions unfold undisturbed, holding a ceremonial role in a ritual, providing transportation for senior teachers, or protecting the environment during large public events.

In addition, Dorje Kasung can choose to specialize in psychological and physical crisis intervention, personal and building security, or ongoing personal service to lineage holders.

Victory over War

Dorje Kasung training strengthens our capacity to work with heightened and chaotic situations (in our mind or in our environment) and to provide non-aggressive means to solve conflicts.

The motto of the Dorje Kasung is “Victory over War”. War represents the struggle created by the three poisons identified by the Buddha: grasping, aggression and ignorance. Victory is acknowledging these poisons and meeting them with insight and loving kindness.

If you’d like to learn more about the Shambhala path of Protection – you are invited to this Essential Heart of Kasungship program.