Program Details

Protector Practice & the Dorje Kasung: A Public Program

with Will Ryken
November 11 / 7:00 PM - November 11 / 9:00 PM

It is during moments of crisis and conflict, large and small, that cultivating compassion, awareness, and precision is most important. But is it also during moments of crisis that aggression, frustration, and a sense of “us and them” arise most strongly.  This class will present an approach to engaging such situations drawn from the techniques of Shambhala Buddhism and the Dorje Kasung – a service organization that provides nonviolent security and crisis intervention to the worldwide Shambhala Community.

Since it is difficult to create peace with a chaotic mind, the class starts by providing practices to strengthen our own inner peacefulness by strengthening our mindfulness and compassion.  From that foundation, we will move on to explore the transformative view of working with chaos from the point of view of protecting and enhancing the inherent goodness and wisdom in any situation rather than seeking to conquer it through aggression.  This class will present techniques for finding confidence, gentleness, and skillfulness in moments of encountering our own and other’s aggression.

These teachings were brought from Tibet by the renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and first taught to western students over 35 years ago as a way to address conflict without fueling its root – the urge for one’s own views and preferences to dominate. Those students were organized into the Dorje Kasung, and continue practice and study these teachings and serve the Shambhala community under the direction of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s successor, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Although drawn from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, the view and techniques presented in this class are not religious. This class is accessible and relevant to people of any or no spiritual background, and assumes no prior knowledge of meditation or Buddhism.

Dapon Will Ryken is a senior member of the Dorje Kasung and has been a member of the Shambhala community since the 1970s.  In 1984, along with Jim Lowrey, he founded Shambhala Sun Camp, a leadership training program for young people.  Mr. Ryken is beloved throughout the larger Shambhala community for his wisdom, sense of humor and inspirational qualities.  He teaches extensively around the world and resides in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area with his wife, Paula.


There is no fee for this program, which is open to the public, but please register to give us an attendance estimate.

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