Dorje Kasung (Protection)

Are you interested in deeply exploring the nature of self?  Would you like to know who you are? Do you wonder about what it means to be loyal to oneself?  Would you like to develop that loyalty? Does penetrating the confusion, mindlessness, thoughtlessness and carelessness which we experience interest you?  Does exploring the nature of self discipline sound interesting? Are bravery, skillfulness, and harmony appealing concepts?

Perhaps then you might be interested in the Dorje Kasung.

Eight slogans, written by Trungpa Rinpoche encapsulate some of the philosophy of the Dorje Kasung.

1. Have confidence to go beyond hesitation.
2. Alert before you daydream.
3. Mindful of all details, be resourceful in performing your duties.
4. Fearless beyond idiot compassion.
5. Be a warrior without anger.
6. Not afraid to be a fool.
7. An invisible heavy hand.
8. Be precise without creating a scene.

The Dorje Kasung is is much more than just the uniforms you may see from time to time. The Dorje Kasung is about a deep exploration of self and how we are in the world.  If you are interested in becoming a decent whole human being then the Dorje Kasung is worth examining.



Nyinthun/Daylong Meditation Retreat

June 23rd

All are welcome to join this day of meditation practice; morning, afternoon, and evening sessions; partial attendance is fine. Continue »

A Cross-Zen Dialogue

June 28th

Three prominent teachers from different Chan/Zen Buddhist traditions will share their lineages' teachings and have a dialogue with all. Bring your questions and meet new Dharma friends from other sanghas! Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Barbara Wolkowitz

June 29th

Ideal for beginners as well as students who want to work on stabilizing their meditation, this half day program gives you the essential techniques and reasons for meditation practice in everyday life. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life: I'm Good Just As I Am

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin & William O'Brien

July 13th—August 3rd

Open to all. This 4-week course provides a further exploration of mindfulness meditation, along with foundational Buddhist teachings. Continue »

[OFFSITE] White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Shastri Marita McLaughlin

July 14th

Join the Matteson Shambhala Meditation Group for a White Tara practice day. This day-long retreat introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »