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Kasung Kitchen Marathon

Kynan Brown, a second generation Shambhalian, is running his first marathon in order to raise money for the new Kitchen and Storage building to be built at the Kasung Land at Dorje Denma Ling. Kynan is a Sun Camp graduate, long time staff member and a member of the Dorje Kasung.

Article by Kynan Brown

Last year at a werma feast in Halifax, on the 30th Anniversary of the Druk Sakyong composing the Werma Sadhana, they asked for a young person to express something about how they got onto the path of meditation. Judith Fraund stood up and talked about her connection to Sun Camp starting at the Dorje Denma Ling Kasung Land when she was 15. That’s the same age and year that I started camp there, and our story is very similar. Lots of second generation practitioners make their first connection with lungta, meditation, and the need to care for others at Sun Camp. Sun Camp is actually a training ground for creating enlightened society. It is the same place where 16 year-olds are entered into the society of adult warriors through Rites of Warriorship. Young people in Shambhala society share this common experience. We have tasted our minds and hearts together at Sun Camp and it has become part of the lineage.

People who have trained as Dorje Kasung might understand. Being out in the elements, building a world from scratch, taking care of each other, and holding our minds when things don’t go as planned – it’s the same path we engage at Magyel Pomra Encampment on that same land. In fact, it’s the same path we all go through moment by moment as we build our worlds and relate with one another – it’s the warrior’s path.

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At the DDL Kasung Land, the power of that path is fully realized every year, whether at Sun Camp or MPE. Now comes the shameless part, which is that this land needs a new kitchen building to make these programs more available and sustainable. A small group of sangha has worked for several years in planning this project. They’ve emphasized a few features: the new kitchen will make the land more open to new and smaller programs, its design will maintain the elemental experience of cooking outdoors, and it will be environmentally sustainable. Out of $143,000 required for construction, we have already raised $114,000. To help raise the remaining $29,000, I’m running my first full marathon on Prince Edward Island this October. So please consider how valuable this land has been to our lineage and how close we are to completing this project. More information on the project’s rationale, design, and how to donate is available at www.kasungkitchen.com.

To support Kynan’s marathon run, contact him directly at [email protected]

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2 responses to “ Kasung Kitchen Marathon ”
  1. Hi Fred,

    Yes, that’s weird. Just copy the web address http://www.kasungkitchen.com into your browser and it should work. The marathon went great — it was a beautiful day in PEI and we both enjoyed a successful challenge. The marathon campaign raised about $3500 toward the project. That leaves about $7500 left to raise by the end of November in order to release a matching grant. If we do that then we’re done. The builders are ready to start in the new year. Thanks if you’re able to support us in the final push!


  2. Fred Cohen
    Oct 6, 2011

    Hi Kynan

    The link to donate is not working from here, any suggestions
    cheers, Fred

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