Dorje Kasung is a Tibetan phrase used in Shambhala as the title of a military-style, service organization. The group's motto is "Victory over War", highlighting how the military form was transmuted or transformed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche to be one of non-aggression.
The term literally means "indestructible command protector" where command ("Ka" or བཀའ་) is used variously to mean the direct words of the Buddha, spiritual commands or commandments, etc.
The stated goal of the Kasung service is protection for the teachings, teacher, and practitioners. It is described as a Mahayana compassion practice and a form of meditation in action. It also has a Vajrayana flavor in approaching difficult energies and being willing to work directly with them, including the edginess of the military forms of hierarchy, uniform, and drill practice (marching). Members contemplate and work with a number of Dorje Kasung slogans.
- kasung.org the web site
- Dorje Kasung and Protector Principle at shambhala.org
- Kasung defined at the Sun Camp web site
- Trungpa, Chögyam (2003) True Command: The Teachings of the Dorje Kasung, Trident Publications
- Victory Over Aggression: Celebrating 30 Years of Magyal Pomra Encampment published in 2008 link
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
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