Tracing the origins of chod (gcod) in the Bon tradition, a dialogic approach The Chod practice according to Buddhist tradition is said to be. Praise. “Alejandro Chaoul provides a scholarly, well-informed, and illuminating introduction to chöd in the Bön tradition, telling us much along the way of other. The dramatic practice of chöd, in which the yogin visualizes giving his or her own sacrificed body to the gods and demons as a way to cut the.

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Progress is rtadition by such arrogance, which stops wholesome qualities from increasing. This page was last edited on 24 Octoberat The use of the drum and other instruments is also common to shamanic trance induction as is ecstatic dancing which is also employed in Bon chod.

From cgod of the vast expanse of space, forms manifest for the welfare of others. The four classes of guests are summoned: Following, everyone sings the six-syllable mantra together. He only owned a begging bowl.

One may think one has already done this and wonder why one does it again. Please practice in this way. Therefore, two form kayas manifest due to realization of dharmakaya. Holy Sexuality and the Gospel. Shantarakshita prophecied that it would be obstructed in later years.

Such connections are associated with healing in both shamanic traditions and in chod.

Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition

These five paths are: His consciousness moved to the corpse, walked it to a distant place, and dumped it there. When one has completed the main practice of chod, one has offered a truly precious present to all objects of refuge as well as to all those who are destitute and in need.

The pre-Buddhist shamanic traditions in Tibet were both at odds with the early arrival of Buddhist practices from India and at the same time merged with those practices. Bengal Secretariat Book Depot, p. He holds a thighbone trumpet in his left hand and a damaru in his right hand. The size of the offering and the intention are decisive. Then one invokes the Dharma that is the teachings. Iconographicallythe skin of the practitioner’s body may represent surface reality or maya.


One sees what others need and helps by giving them food, clothes, shelter and daily necessities. Therefore being stubborn is a fault that needs to be cut off. Why are so many beings trapped in samsara and experience suffering as a result? Then it is most beneficial. Those persons who led a meaningless life and cling to negative impressions leave their body through one of the lower openings of the body when they die; this means that they will be reborn in one of the three lower realms of existence.

Liz TheoharisThe Reverend Dr. It is a wonderful moment in life, and I am very happy when I am able to help those persons who wish to take it by performing the ceremony.

Attachment and clinging to a self are forces that give rise to the defilements, which are the source of anguish and pain. Every part of the body consists of many smaller parts and cells, so which part of the body would be the self if the self is the body?

Furthermore, a disciple needs to accumulate favourable conditions, accomplished by practicing the six paramitas. A disciple first purifies negativities by generating bodhicitta and dedicating the merit so that others practice the path, gain realization, and manifest perfect buddha activities.

The ability to actually keep the vows becomes more stable and firm through practice, therefore faltering while aspiring should not be considered bad. We do employ various methods to increase and establish positive factors of the mind, making it easier to realize reality. Yes, we need to be cautious. One needs to detect slightest movements of the mind.

Someone with a good heart sees that generosity helps and is certainly effective, but a bodhisattva who has wisdom-awareness knows that offering reliable means so that everyone is able to become free from suffering and experience lasting traditlon is better.

Actually, the Three Jewels represent the wisdom and compassion that we will realize tadition – if we practice.


Disciples who practice chod in the West certainly wish to appease all enemies but often disturb their neighbours while trying, who become madder and madder the more one plays the instruments. The aspiration of a sincere practitioner becomes better and better each time he or she renews the vows. The purpose of Vajrayana practice is to become free of four faults.

Secondly, maybe there are no tangible enemies who wish to hurt one; maybe there is nobody around who insults, belittles or disparages one. They are all great bodhisattvas who were present when Lord Buddha manifested the Second Dharmachakra, and therefore they belong to the pure transmission lineage of non-dual reality. Hwa Shang Mahayana taught that just as black clouds cover space and the sun, white clouds also cover space and the sun.

This is one of the seven points of lojong practice, namely using obstacles rpactice hindrances as the path, by not getting angry about what is usually considered terrible but by being grateful and making good use of the exceptional chance to generate and increase loving kindness and compassion instead.

The author goes through the origins, lore, and terma traditions regarding the Bon Mother Tantras as well as some of the Chod practices deriving from them.

They have not aroused bodhicitta. Seeing becomes more regular, increases and becomes clearer and clearer as one progresses and reaches the fifth path of no more learning, at which point a noble bodhisattva becomes one with the Great Mother. How did the Dharma come to Tibet? The four accomplishments that the four types of aryas accomplish could never be achieved without prajna.

Tibetan Literature Studies in Genre. Therefore, he advised the king to invite Padmasambhava, a tantric adept from Indiato deal with these malicious spirits.