Essential Safety & Protection Trainings in Europe

May 26 – May 28, 2017 at Shambhala Centre Cologne
June 2 – June 4, 2017 at Shambhala Centre Vienna

taught by Khenchen Vajra Granelli and Sergeant Maya Fliegel


Doing a regular Kasung shift may be quite simple. Being responsible for Rinpoche’s personal safety is a different story. In order to perform this honour with confidence, splendour and a sense of humor, it is essential to hear first-hand experience of what to do and what not to do.


Our sense of safety comes from familiarity. Sun Tzu said: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” For the Dorje Kasung who serve Rinpoche personally, safety is a matter of becoming completely familiar with the clan of warriors and their indestructible methods.


Pacifying, enriching, magnetising and destroying: these four are the activities of non-dual compassion, which is no other than the natural mind of protection. Since the mind commands our actions in the World, we need to relax and reflect and learn to recognise the True Command. This is profound protection.


In these training weekends you learn a combination of essential knowledge about the Dorje Kasung ways of providing enlightened safety and protection for and around Rinpoche, as well as practical skills to ward of possible threats or embarrassment. Practising these physical techniques together is powerful and fun!

Practical information

Uniforms: No.5, Barracks & No.9, Physical Training


Place: Shambhala Centre, Genter Straße 25, Cologne Time: Friday 26 May 19:30 – Sunday 28 May 15:00

Cost *: € 135 – including lunch, excluding dinner
€ 10 per night to sleep at the centre (no shower) Register with Rusung Sonderfeld: [email protected]


Place: Shambhala Centre, Stiftgasse 15-17, Vienna Time: Friday 2 June 19:30 – Sunday 4 June 15:00

Cost *: € 135 – including lunch, excluding dinner
€ 10 per night to sleep at the centre (with shower) Register with Rusung Metz: [email protected]

* if you need a discount to participate, please contact Khenchen de Groot: [email protected]

Essential Safety and Protection Trainings – AWAKE

EHoK1 in Lviv, Ukraine

April 21 to April 23, 2017 at Shambhala Centre Lviv
Taught by Deborah Coats, Rupön & Jan Jercinovic, Rupön

Бути Касунгом – це особистий шлях у служінні захисту Трьох Дорогоцінностей.

Бути Касунгом означає “діяти”, вікенд буде щедро наповнений практичними заняттями: від навчання, як мати справу зі складними ситуаціями і людьми, до простих вправ на усвідомлення простору.

Dorje Kasung is a Tibetan term meaning 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 teachings of Shambhala Buddhism. These teachings present the truth of things as they are and the possibility of establishing enlightened society.

In this course, we will explore the basic practices of the Dorje Kasung, a service organization within the Shambhala community charged with maintaining a container of wakefulness in which the teaching and practice of meditation can occur. The creation and protection of this type of container occur through cultivating an attitude of fundamental non-aggression and compassionate action that brings oneself and others back onto the path of wakefulness.

The curriculum uses the writings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and others to explore what it means to be a Dorje Kasung; the path of leadership, protection, compassionate speech; and the view of how to be kind on the spot. Special attention is focused on study of the Kasung Handbook and the Eight Slogans of the Dorje Kasung.

This program may be taken by the curious without any commitment to become a Kasung. For members of the Dorje Kasung, it is an excellent study on the ground, path, and fruition of Kasung practice.

Friday night is open talk on introduction to the Dorje Kasung. The weekend will consist of EHOK I, offering oaths and helping to prepare DK for the KSMR’s visit in the Fall.

Проводять:  Дебора Коутс (Англія) та Джен Джерсіновік (США), учениці Чог’яма Трунгпи Рінпоче та Сакйонґа Міпама Рінпоче.

    Dapön Coats lives in London with her family and has been a member of Shambhala and a DK for over 30 years. She held the post of Desung Arm Commander and sat on the CMR for 10 years and now is the DK European liaison to the CMR.
    Jan Jercinovic, Rupön has been a member of Shambhala for over 30 years, is currently the Desung Arm Commander and sits on the CMR. She resides in the USA in Vermont.

Коли: 21 – 23 квітня 2017 року

Початок програми: відкрита лекція – 21 квітня о 19:00

Де: Львівський Буддійський Медитаційний Центр, Львів, вул. Дорошенка 71/9 (мапа)

КоординаторОрест +380 093 728 2332

* Взяти участь у програмі можуть лише члени спільноти Шамбала-буддизму, або ті, хто у найближчий час збираються стати членом спільноти

Date: Friday 21 April 2017 (19:00 -21:00) Saturday 22 April 2017 (09:00 -19:00) Sunday 23 April 2017 (09:00 -19:00)
Coordinator : Orest Kobetskyy


Introduction to the Teachings and Practice of the Dorje Kasung

April 21 to April 23, 2017
Stockholm Shambhala Meditation Center

“I vow to protect the KA, the nature of compassion and wisdom in every moment”.

Dorje Kasung have a unique role in manifesting the dharma of Shambhala: Their practice stems from the ancient tradition of dharma protectors in Tibet. Now, on the warrior path in the west, kasung use some of the outer forms of western military while training in compassionate action to transmit the joyful, sharp edge of now-ness.

The program will offer a rich combination of talks, discussion, practice and physical exercises and will explore the origin, importance and reality of the Dorje Kasung.
The weekend is open for all Dorje Kasung and all Shambhala members who are curious about the Path of Shambhala Protectors and offers the opportunity to ask all the questions about the Dorje Kasung you might have had.

The weekend will be led by Bob Orth, Kadö a senior member of the Dorje Kasung.
For those who are inspired the Dorje Kasung One-Year-Oath will be offered by Orth, Kadö.

Where: Stockholm Shambhala Meditation Center

Address: Sandelsgatan 8, Stockholm, T-bana Karlaplan/Stadion/Gärdet, busses 1,4,54,72
When: Friday April 21st 2017 19:00h – Sunday April 23rd Afternoon

Coordinator and more info: Ms. Päivi Rönkkö email: [email protected]
Register here:

Price: regular 1500 Skr, 1100 Shambhala members, students and other discount groups
Members of the Dorje Kasung are asked to come in uniform 4B

A Dorje Kasung Clan gathering in Madrid

May 12 to May 14, 2017 at Shambhala Centre Madrid
Facilitated by Irene Vliegenthart, Rupön and Kasung Mercedes the Blas


Please join the Spanish kasung in Madrid in a training weekend about the Protector principles and the Dorje Kasung Warriors of Shambhala.

We will contemplate the wisdom of “The Path of Kasungship” a Commentary on the Eight Kasung Slogans of the Dorje Kasung and learn and discuss details of the Kasung mandate, forms, and structure of the Dorje Kasung in the Shambhala Mandala. We will also bring mind and body together in drill practice.

There will be practical instructions on and experience of the main shifts within a Shambhala Center. And last but not least, come and celebrate the inauguration of the new Rusung of the Shambhala Center of Madrid.

Cost: 50 Euro

Uniform: Town uniform #4

Apply with [email protected]

Pre-announcement: Essential Safety & Protection Trainings

Two Essential Safety & Protecting Trainings will take place in the near future.

The training is going to contain basic as well as more advanced safety and security skills and knowledge using Kasung practices of embodying and meditation in action, with specific emphasis on the changes and developments in the Gesar/Denma/Potrang.

All Kasung and those interested in the path of all levels of experience including cadets are welcome.

Essential Safety & Protection Training
May 26 to May 28, 2017 at Shambhala Centre Cologne
Taught by Khenchen Vajra Granelli and Sgt. Maya Fliegel

Essential Safety & Protection Training
June 02 to June 04, 2017 at Shambhala Centre Vienna
Taught by Khenchen Vajra Granelli and Sgt. Maya Fliegel

More information regarding pricing and registration will follow ASAP. If you feel the urge to register now or have any further questions, please contact Khenchen Jerry de Groot, European Denma Advisor, at [email protected].

The Desung Path – Embodying Innate Harmony

April 28 to April 30, 2017 at Shambhala Centre Amsterdam
Directed by Desung Arm Commander Jan Jercinovic Rupön, Desung Care and Conduct officer Irene Vliegenthart Rupön and Tiger Region Desung Commander Sibylle Fraund Kadö

“Desung” means bliss or harmony protector. Desung practice is a profound path arising out of the Shambhala Dorje Kasung tradition. It consists of protecting access to innate wisdom by embodying generosity, gentleness and fearlessness in our daily lives. This state of “being” is made possible by increasing trust and confidence in our basic goodness and that of the society in which we live. All situations are viewed as workable, and distress is recognized as a powerful opportunity to open to our basic goodness.

This program is open to those willing to work with difficult situations and who have experience within the Shambhala leadership. This includes Shambhala Council members, meditation instructors, and health and wellbeing representatives.

Dorje Kasung who have some service experience are especially encouraged to attend.

The program is a prerequisite for Dorje Kasung who wish to apply to become members of the Desung Arm. The training also provides further depth to the profound path of the Dorje Kasung.


Cost of the program is 70€, that includes breakfast and lunch in the Shambhala Centre. Dinners on Saturday will be jointly taken in a nearby restaurant, the price will be affordable.


Please apply with Mrs. Sibylle Fraund at [email protected]  or call Mrs. Irene Vliegenthart at +31 645 210 989 with any questions you may have.

The program starts at 19 hours on Friday April 28 with registration and the talk on view.  


Dorje Kasung wear Town Uniform # 4

21st Dön Day Dorje Kasung Clan Gathering at Dechen Chöling

It is time for Tiger Region Kasung to gather and rejoice in our Clanship once again. The Kasung Academy will consist of streams of teachings and practice for the Gesar, Desung, Kusung, NCOs, and Trident practitioners. We will also join together for talks and reconnect with our usual Kasung forms and practices: saluting, uniforms, drill and mess in the beautiful French countryside. 

We will deepen our understanding of our role as one of the four pillars of Shambhala: government, church, military, and wealth.

Please come together with the clan to enjoy each others company, have a good time and manifest Kasung heart. 

Orders of dress: Service (#2), Barrack (#5), Field (#6) and work Detail (#8)



Cost of the weekend from February 17th to 19th  € 110

Leave on Monday 20th  € 155

DCL Neighbours and Cadets  € 70

Registration now! here:

For further information: [email protected]


2017 Eastern Dön Day Programme in Hamburg

February 10 to February 12, 2017 at Shambhala Center Hamburg
Taught by Acharya Sabine Rolf

Extended to members and representatives of all four pillars of the Shambhala Community


with Acharya Sabine Rolf

On the basis of Acharya Susan Chapman’s Book on The Five Keys to Mindful Communication

Beginning of the programme: Fr., 7 pm

End of the programme: Sun., ca. 3 pm

Venue: Shambhala Centre Hamburg, Hansastr. 19, 20149 Hamburg, Germany

Cost: 120 €, including meals

Accommodation:  It is possible to sleep in the centre for 5 € per night.

Registration by mail, sent to: [email protected]

Dress code: Town uniform for members of the Dorje Kasung and uplifted clothing for representatives of the other three pillars, complete with respective pins

Programme description
Inspired by the need to protect the continuous unfolding of the Shambhala-Buddhist Dharma in these increasingly oppressive times, the Dorje Kasung want to do their part for the timely and effective integration of the four pillars of Shambhala. This can only be achieved on the basis of authentic and mindful communication, infused by both maitri and karuna. We understand that we are capable of such communication only when we are fully present in our body, heart and mind. This is why we offer the 2017 Dön Day Programme of the Dorje Kasung in North-eastern Europe as an opportunity for representatives of all the four pillars of our community to contemplate and practice together “Awake! Presence of body, speech and mind in communication.” We will study with and under the guidance of our dear Acharya Sabine Rolf, who was invited by Acharya Susan Chapman to teach the communication approach in her book “The Five Keys to Mindful Communication” throughout Europe. Acharya Rolf brings to the programme not only her expertise in mindful communication, but also her long experience of working together with others as representative of Shambhala Europe. She will lead us in preparatory meditation practice as well as different hands-on exercises that enable us to understand and feel more intensely, how we experience being open, insecure, or shut down in our communications. The weekend allows for protected space to explore our vulnerability in difficult situations and how we can contact the wisdom and information that exists inseparably from these difficulties.

We hope that you feel inspired as we are and join us in Hamburg next February!


STT & CPT in Paris

May 6 to May 8, 2016 at Shambhala Center Paris
Taught by Jan-Frans Sturm, Rupön, Denma Advisor


This weekend will be a mix of Security Team Training and Close Protection Training skills, with theoretic items and active tactical movements.

It is based on more than 14 years experience in the field of Denma Kasung. It is in particular a gathering for those who wish to deepen their understanding and skills to serve as personal guards, drivers and Court posts.

Taught in English by Jan-Frans Sturm, Rupön, Denma Advisor active since 1997.


Uniforms: No4 (Town) / No 5 (Barrack) / No 6 (Field) / No 7 (Special Use Field Dress)


One year oath minimum or willingness to take one during weekend.

Ehok 1 would be a good thing to have studied, as well as some experience of shifts at a center.

Ehok 2 would be great as ground.


Cost: 100€   +  dinner on Saturday 10€.

Low incomes, cadets, finance difficulties, please feel free to contact as soon as possible the coordinator Kasung Stéphanie Laurent [email protected].

Money should not be an obstacle to train our troops !


We have space and a shower in Paris centre, you can sleep in the shrine room.



Breakfast Sat. and Sun. at 8:00 in centre.

It’ll be up to you for lunches. There are different and not expansive cafés, brasseries and restaurants open around.

Dinner together on Saturday evening — 10€.

From Friday May 6th – 20:00

To Sunday May 8th – 15:00

Registration here

Protecting Peace: Working with Conflict – Marburg

The MARBURG Shambhala Centre is pleased to offer a weekend education programme hosted by the Desung Arm of the Dorje Kasung                                                                                                     Facilitated by Sibylle Fraund, Kadö and Irene Vliegenthart, Rupön


June 12-14 2015


Question : What would you do if there were no conflict?

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche: “It would be deadly. Working with conflict is precisely the idea of walking the spiritual path. The path is a wild, winding mountain road with all kind of curves; there are wild animals, attacks by bandits, all kinds of situations cropping up. As far as the occupation of our mind is concerned, the chaos of the path is the fun.” – Chögyam Trungpa – Dawn of Tantra


…”the fact that our society is experiencing a high level of fear and doubt is a signal for humanity not to give up, but rather to engage further with our enlightened tendencies” – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche – The Shambhala Principle


The weekend is a precious training opportunity for desung and for kasung with an interest in desung practice. Members of Social Health and Well-Being are warmly invited, as well as anyone who holds a leadership position within the Shambhala mandala, including directors, council members, teachers and meditation instructors and meditation guides.


The Dorje Kasung serves under the leadership of the Makkyi Rabjam, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, inspired by the vision of its founder, the Makkyi Rabjam, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The commitment of the Dorje Kasung is to benefit others and bring about VICTORY OVER WAR.

The desung work with aspects of the mandala to promote harmony, and well-being.


CONFLICT can arise in any situation or society and the Shambhala teachings developed many skilful means to work with difficult situations in our society.

This training aims to deepen our connection with basic goodness so that kindness and steadiness prevail even in speedy and chaotic situations. It will examine how to realize and integrate that vision into Shambhala councils and communities, and develop confidence in caring for situations of disharmony or obstruction.

Public talk: Friday 12th June 2015 – 7.30 pm to 9. pm

Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th June – 10am to 6.30 pm

Kasung and desung will wear their nr. 4b town uniform.

The price is 10 Euro for the opening evening or 50 Euro for the weekend.

For information and registration, please contact the Marburg kasung representative:

Kasung Katherina Exss at [email protected]