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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Those persons who led a meaningful life and have wholesome impressions in their mind leave their body through one of the upper openings of the body when they die; this points to the fact that they will attain rebirth in one of the three higher realms of existence.

Maybe we will be in a similar situation some practic and need to ask a Lama or practitioner to please perform this practice for us.

Bengal Secretariat Book Depot, p. Did I understand correctly, that the source of the chkd is the own mind, the dharmakaya? Then one is free of discursiveness that causes people to assume that apprehensions are real. How did the Dharma come to Tibet?

Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition

The short text consists of lines, the middle text has verses and the long text hasverses. 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. Many people believe that the body is the self or that the self resides in the body and live tradiition lives based upon such mistaken assumptions. It cuts through hindrances and obscurationssometimes called ‘demons’ or ‘gods’.

Why is this practiced?

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. One imagines being Arya Chenresig, white in colour and with four arms. According to the author, in Tibet there are wandering chod practitioners chodpas often on pilgrimages who sometimes perform the practice for others for healing and to bring good fortune tradituon pacification of spirits.


We have given rise to the same aspiration, and the effect will be just as wonderful and immense. In Bon and Traddition Tantric traditions there is often a tracition of Outer, Inner, and Secret to denote both degree of accessibility and degree of refinement. But the aspiration to achieve this most difficult kind of generosity is not less beneficial than actually carrying out the act. Lord Buddha was asked for his opinion about this.

When Kamalashila left Tibethe went to India. During the practice of chod, one especially remembers most horrific enemies and foes or thinks about the most malevolent spirits and greatest obstacles that can be imagined.

He also gives some lore regarding them and mentions that using bone and skulls as part of the instruments can enhance the hradition aspect. The transmission is a spiritual blessing that is passed down in.

One especially dedicates all good accomplished presently for the benefit of demons and evil spirits, praying that goodness grows in them. This distinguishes the practices, but they are in truth not different and do lead to the same result. Please practice in this way.

As a result, regret overwhelms practitioners. We have heard these instructions many times and know that usually the first contemplation and meditation in any sadhana a vajrayana liturgy for one of many deities that includes chanting, visualization and mantra recitation is taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and sangha, and that the second practice is giving rise to bodhicitta.

Living with trdition Gods. But one thinks and sees the mind as though it does not pass nor depend upon causes and conditions. Therefore the sadhana offers practitioners a summary that reads: A person who takes the bodhisattva vows wishes to practice both aspects of bodhicitta, that of aspiration and that of application.


Chöd – Wikipedia

Let us use the opportunity and practice together now. If someone who seems to be obsessed or haunted by demons asks a practitioner to perform a chod ceremony for them, inviting such persons as guests during the practice is not in vain.

Bon is generally more inclusive of shamanic practices than Ppractice and so one can find them more represented in Bon. Generally, the six paramitas that a bodhisattva practices in order to achieve the highest goal of awakening are: Joy happens naturally and is not bad, but it becomes a fault if one clings to it. The next wishing prayer one makes is that all living beings dedicate their lives to achieving calm abiding and insight that is established through practicing the path.

Now, we do not really know if this is true, but it can be imagined – one can imagine that misfortunes have an intangible form and make good use of the opportunity to practice chod.

Is that helpful in the long run? There is a story that on his way to Indiahe came across the corpse of an Indian ni who had died of a terrible disease. When buddhas appeared in the world and turned the Wheel of Dharma in the past, many of those who were present on those fortunate occasions attained perfect awakening.