Monthly Kasung Gathering
Whether you are Kasung-curious or a long time member of the Dorje Kasung, come join the talk and discussion exploring the path of Kasungship.
All are welcome. The talk is followed by sake and snacks.
The Dorje Kasung is a service organization within the Shambhala Buddhist Community that focuses on overcoming aggression and providing protection through engagement in nonviolent military forms and practices.
What is the Dorje Kasung?
The teachings held by the Shambhala mandala are presented within a container of wakefulness. Maintaining this container is often referred to as protector principle. Within the mandala, the practice of protector principle is shared by all, but is particularly associated with the Dorje Kasung.
The Dorje Kasung is modelled on the ancient tradition of dharma protectors. 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 who practice the teachings.
The term Dorje Kasung itself means indestructible (Dorje) command (Ka) protector (sung). Indestructible refers to the indestructibility of space – complete openness – that cannot be destroyed or defeated. Ka or command refers to the teaching of the lineage which present the truth of things as they are and the possibility of establishing enlightened society.
The motto of the Dorje Kasung is “Victory over War”. War represents the struggle with the three poisons identified by the Buddha: passion, aggression and ignorance. Victory is being willing to face these poisons and meet them head on with insight and loving kindness.
Questions about this or the Dorje Kasung in general?
Contact Rusung Martha Silverspring, rusung [at] sfshambhala [dot] org.