Some Brief History on Chod

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Some Brief History on Chod

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:14 am

This post is intended to provide some brief information about Chod practice and its origins. I am going to reference a Wiki article, and despite my misgivings about Wikipedia in general I think this article has some solid information, though it is brief. It goes without saying that there are inner and outer aspects of this practice that can't be discussed on a public web forum, but there are also many things that we can discuss. Chod has a rich and fascinating history and people in Western part of the world are becoming more familiar with it regularly. If anyone would be interested in posting some of the iconography associated with Chod I'm sure it would be appreciated. In my personal opinion there are many ancient archetypes with which we can identify when learning about this very powerful form of Vajrayana Buddhism. Though I think that there powerful archtypes with which we can identify as practitioners, Chod practice is also highly personal and unique to each practitioner. As with all forms of Vajrayana, Chod practice requires transmission and a guru in order to practice properly. One might also find aspects or nuances of this practice and philosophy incorporated into sadhanas and practices in all of the traditions of Vajrayana, giving it a sort of universal application to which we can all relate regardless of the primary tradition or sect we follow.

To any newcomers, Chod is essentially a form of cutting through attachments, as all forms of Buddhism aim to do. The methods are special and imho very unique, and this precious gift is most commonly associated with Machig Labdrön. Here is some information about this female Buddhist practitioner and teacher: [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machig_Labdrön[/url]

Some questions we can try to answer in this thread are, what is Chod, and where did it come from? Why do people choose this form of Buddhist practice?

Key elements of the Practice

Chöd literally means "cutting through". It cuts through hindrances and obscuration, sometimes called 'demons' or 'gods'. Examples of demons are ignorance, anger and, in particular, the dualism of perceiving the self as inherently meaningful, contrary to the Buddhist doctrine of no-self.[38] The practitioner is fully immersed in the ritual: "With a stunning array of visualizations, song, music, and prayer, it engages every aspect of one’s being and effects a powerful transformation of the interior landscape."[39]

Dzogchen forms of Chöd enable the practitioner to maintain primordial awareness (rigpa) free from fear. Here, the Chöd ritual essentialises elements of phowa, gaṇacakra, pāramitā and lojong[40] gyulu, kyil khor, brahmavihāra, ösel and tonglen.[41]

Chöd usually commences with phowa in which the practitioner visualises their mindstream as the five pure lights leaving the body through the aperture of the sahasrara at the top of the head. This is said to ensure psychic integrity of, and compassion for the practitioner of the rite (sādhaka).[citation needed] In most versions of the sādhana, the mindstream precipitates into a tulpa simulacrum of the dākinī Vajrayoginī. In the the body of enjoyment[42] attained through visualization, the sādhaka offers the ganacakra of their own physical body, to the 'four' guests: Triratna, ḍākiṇīs, dharmapalas, beings of the bhavachakra, the ever present genius loci and pretas. The rite may be protracted with separate offerings to each maṇḍala of guests, or significantly abridged. Many variations of the sādhana still exist.[43]

Chöd, like all tantric systems, has outer, inner and secret aspects. They are described in an evocation sung to Nyama Paldabum by Milarepa:

External chod is to wander in fearful places where there are deities and demons. Internal chod is to offer one's own body as food to the deities and demons. Ultimate chod is to realize the true nature of the mind and cut through the fine strand of hair of subtle ignorance. I am the yogi who has these three kinds of chod practice.[32]

The Chöd is now a staple of the advanced sādhana of Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It is practiced worldwide following dissemination by the Tibetan diaspora.

Western reports on Chöd practices

Chöd was mostly practised outside the Tibetan monastery system by chödpas, who were yogis, yogiṇīs and ngagpas rather than bhikṣus and bhikṣuṇīs. Because of this, material on Chöd has been less widely available to Western readers than some other tantric Buddhist practices. The first Western reports of Chöd came from a French adventurer who lived in Tibet, Alexandra David-Neel in her travelogue Magic and Mystery in Tibet, published in 1932. Evans-Wentz published the first translation of a Chöd liturgy in his 1935 book Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines. Anila Rinchen Palmo translated several essays about Chöd in the 1987 collection Cutting Through Ego-Clinging.[citation needed] Giacomella Orofino's piece entitled "The Great Wisdom Mother" was included in Tantra in Practice in 2000 and in addition she published articles on Machig Labdrön in Italian.[44]

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Re: Some Brief History on Chod

Postby Ogyen » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:58 pm

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Re: Some Brief History on Chod

Postby adamas » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:10 pm

Thought you all might like my take on chod, a practice that has literally transformed every aspect of my life and brought me to full fruition, all hail machig labdron
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Re: Some Brief History on Chod

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Re: Some Brief History on Chod

Postby kirtu » Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:57 pm

In most versions of the sādhana, the mindstream precipitates into a tulpa simulacrum of the dākinī Vajrayoginī.


See, we don't need this verbage - this language is itself adding much too much and is thus misleading. This language is like taking something straightforward and trying to justify or explain the process by appealing to a process of (over)intellectualization.

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applied chod

Postby adamas » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:10 pm

Grind up your bones, boil down your fat, mix them together and then add the colours of your emotions which are the six realms and so we paint a new reality upon our own drying skin.

Only once you have boiled yourself in your own vomit for a hundred years will you actually have something interesting to say to yourself

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Re: applied chod

Postby Mr. G » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:18 pm

adamas wrote:Grind up your bones, boil down your fat, mix them together and then add the colours of your emotions which are the six realms and so we paint a new reality upon our own drying skin.

Only once you have boiled yourself in your own vomit for a hundred years will you actually have something interesting to say to yourself

http://www.buddhabrats.com

"The only demon that ever needs to be slain is the demon of the illusion of self' Machig labdron


Do you plan on putting the link to your book and website on every post, or just every other post?
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    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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Re: applied chod

Postby gad rgyangs » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:36 pm

Mr. G wrote:
adamas wrote:Grind up your bones, boil down your fat, mix them together and then add the colours of your emotions which are the six realms and so we paint a new reality upon our own drying skin.

Only once you have boiled yourself in your own vomit for a hundred years will you actually have something interesting to say to yourself

http://www.buddhabrats.com

"The only demon that ever needs to be slain is the demon of the illusion of self' Machig labdron


Do you plan on putting the link to your book and website on every post, or just every other post?


that website is a good pathological example of how Buddhism can, if mis-applied, actually reinforce ego grasping.
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Re: Some Brief History on Chod

Postby Dechen Norbu » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:37 pm

adamas was permanently banned as a spammer.
All he did was promoting his site/book in a more elaborate way than usual spammers.

And I agree with what you just said, btw.
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Re: Some Brief History on Chod

Postby conebeckham » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:39 pm

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