Essential Heart of Kasungship

January 10th—February 7th

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  • $50.00 General
  • $75.00 Patron
Room: Main Shrine Room

In this 5-week course, we explore the basic practices of the Dorje Kasung, a path of service within the Shambhala community. The Kasung maintain the container of wakefulness in which the teaching and practice of meditation can occur, and care for the well being of all. This practice is known as the protector principle.

Protection occurs through cultivating an attitude of fundamental non-aggression and compassionate action that brings oneself and others back onto the path of wakefulness. This protection has nothing to do with solidifying personal or collective territory, but rather extending sanity to others. The program ends with an opportunity to make a one-year commitment to Dorje Kasung practice, however there are no requirements to attend this class.

I've been commanded to accept anybody who has a sense of loneliness, a sense of chaos, and at the same time a sense of wakefulness, and a sense of bleeding heart, like a ripe fruit about to burst. - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, 1981

For more info about the Kasung

David Cook

David Cook has been practicing meditation since 2009 when he worked as a summer volunteer at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado. As a member of the Dorje Kasung, he has served as Khenchung at the Portland Shambhala Center.  He is inspired by the Shambhala teachings on basic sanity, which he uses in his work as a mental health caregiver.  He also loves visual art, poetry, and dance; you can sometimes find him doing all three.

Our Generosity Policy expresses our commitment to make our programs available to all regardless of what one can pay. We invite you to offer the most generous amount according to your situation.  The Patron price supports our ability to offer this. The General price reflects our actual costs for putting on programs. You can request generosity and find more info on our website.

If you have questions about registration, please contact Rebecca Jamieson.