Esssential Heart of Kasungship 1

with Mark Curtin & Lulu Strongheart

January 13th—January 14th

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    Enlightened Military ……. Really?

    The Protector Principle

    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.

    This can manifest in simple functions like acting as a gatekeeper for the Center to allow a meditation session to unfold undisturbed or holding a ceremonial role in a ritual. More elaborate functions like planning and executing the transportation of teachers and managing crowd control during large public events are also done by the Dorje Kasung.

    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 find 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 Essential Heart of Kasungship.

    No prerequisites--open to all.

    Suggested donation -- $25

    About the teacher

    Mark Curtin is a devoted student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and loyal Dorje Kasung (protector practice).  He has been meditating since 1996 and practicing in the Shambhala tradition since 2006.

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