Essential Heart of Kasungship 1

with Joel Mandel

January 9th—January 27th

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  • $30 Program Price
  • $35 Patron Price
  • $15 Other Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

The Essential Heart of Kasungship Part I (EHOK-1) uses the writings of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his secretary David Rome, to explore why the Dorje Kasung exists and what the view is of how they act. Special attention is focused on the 8 Slogans of the Dorje Kasung, written by the Vidyadhara.

For the general public, this program serves as an introduction to this major stream of the Vidy?dharas teaching and vision and may be taken by the curious without any commitment to becoming a Kasung. For current members of the Dorje Kasung, it is the beginning of the formal Dorje Kasung training path.

Who are the Dorje Kasung?
The Dorje Kasung are members of the Shambhala community devoted to extending their meditation practice to benefit others through action. The Dorje Kasung is modeled on the ancient tradition of dharma protectors. Since its founding over 25 years ago, the practice of Dorje Kasungship has been carefully developed as a path of meditation in action.

Dorje Kasung are trained in creating a container for practitioners so that they can hear and practice the teachings. They protect the teacher who presents the teachings, the teachings themselves, and the community members who practice these teachings.

Dorje Kasung is a Tibetan term meaning 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 teachings of Shambhala Buddhism. These teachings present the truth of things as they are and the possibility of establishing enlightened society.

Further information about Dorje Kasungship can be found at this link. Please note that you need to be a member and sign in.

This will be a collaboratively taught course. Experienced Kasung will lead us in each of the 10 topics.

This course is open to people who have received preliminary meditation instruction at a Shambhala Center.

This class will have three online meetings on three Tuesday Evenings
January 9, 16, and 23 from 7 to 9 PM.
Plus a day-long, in-person class at the San Francisco Shambhala Center
January 27th from 8:30 AM to 6 PM

Program Price: $30
Patron Price: $35
Generosity Discount: is $15 and/or contact Joel: j1mandel [at] dcn [dot] org
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

If you have any questions, please contact Joel Mandel: j1mandel [at] dcn [dot] org or (530) 304-9098

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