Dorje Kasung – Protector Principle
The teachings held by the Shambhala mandala are presented within a container
of wakefulness. Maintaining this container is often referred to as protector
principle. Within the mandala, the practice of protector principle is shared
by all, but is particularly associated with the Dorje Kasung.
The Dorje Kasung is modelled on the ancient tradition of dharma protectors.
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 who practice the teachings.
The term Dorje Kasung itself means 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 teaching of the lineage which present the truth of things as
they are and the possibility of establishing enlightened society.
The motto of the Dorje Kasung is "Victory over War". War represents the
struggle with the three poisons identified by the Buddha: passion,
aggression and ignorance. Victory is being willing to face these poisons and
meet them head on with insight and loving kindness.
As part of their practice the Dorje Kasung wear uniforms to communicate:
- delight in the disciplines of egolessness and simplicity;
- service to others by being present and available to help;
- commitment to the continuous path of waking up oneself and one's
environment and to manifesting care, dignity, mindfulness and awareness.
If you are interested in learning more about the Dorje Kasung, please
contact your local Shambhala Centre
Kasung website: www.kasung.org (login page)