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The Dorje Kasung and the Mamos

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As we enter Dön Season, an exploration of how this time of year relates to a major Shambhalian service organization, the Dorje Kasung

by Darryl Burnham, Kadö

Dorje is a Tibetan word that means indestructible or diamond-like, and Kasung refers to a command (Ka) that is protected by wakefulness. So the Dorje Kasung are the protectors of the command to be awake in the indestructible and diamond-like quality of primordial mind. That is a lot to fathom. Nevertheless, each member of the Dorje Kasung aspires to protect the teachings, the teacher, and the sangha from this perspective.

A Kasung begins service by relating to a “post.” The post is symbolic, akin to the seat we take on our meditation cushion. The post is an opportunity to extend our meditation experience from the cushion out into the world. The post could be a seat in a chair behind a desk at the entrance to our Shambhala Center. The post could be standing at the entrance at the shrine room doors. The post could be the seat of a car when driving the Sakyong or one of our acharyas (senior teachers). These posts are viewed by the Kasung as opportunities for practicing meditation in action. Continue…

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