The Practice of Chöd: “Cutting Through”
Lama Tsultrim Sangpo
July 28 - 30
Chöd, or “cutting through,” is a well-known practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally attributed to the eleventh-century female practitioner Machig Labdrön, it is popular in many Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Combining the traditional wisdom of the Prajnaparamita Sutras with tantric visualization methods, chöd is a direct meditational approach to cutting through ego-clinging. Chöd practice is also known for its hauntingly beautiful melodies, and has traditionally been used as part of Buddhist healing rituals.
In this program Lama Tsultrim will teach from a short Chokling Tersar chöd manual designed for daily practice.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has often remarked that Gomde California is an excellent place to practice chöd and has encouraged our sangha to learn this practice. We are therefore very fortunate to have our summer resident teacher Lama Tsultrim Sangpo guide us in this long-weekend of teachings on the practice of chöd.
If you have your own ritual implements—a vajra and bell and a chöd drum (slightly larger than a regular damaru)—please bring them with you. However, please note that it is not necessary to have these ritual implements to be able to participate in the program.
About the Teacher
A senior monk and chant master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Kathmandu, Lama completed a traditional three year retreat under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He currently trains the younger monks at the monastery in the practice of the ritual arts.