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Cho: The Garden of All Joy & Generosity of the Body
By: Ven. Tenga Rinpoche
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Lord Buddha turned the wheel of dharma three times, with the second turning revealing the true nature of all things, Prajnaparamita, of which Cho is a means to practice and realize this. The teachings on true nature were what the great siddhas of India practiced and passed on through their different traditions.
Chod in the Ganden Tradition: The Oral Instructions of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
By: by Kyabje Zong Rinoche, ed. by David Molk
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In Chod in the Ganden Tradition we encounter not only the life and teachings of one of the greatest Tibetan masters in modern times, but also instructions in one of the most interesting Tibetan techniques for working with basic fears, applicable to Chod practitioners from all lineages.
Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition
Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition
By: Alejandro Chaoul
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This book is the first to trace the history of Chod practice in Tibet's indigenous Bon tradition. Chod ("cutting through") is a meditative practice in which the practitioner imagines offering his or her body in sacrifice through elaborate contemplative visualization. Although a meditative practice, Chod is not done sitting comfortably on a cushion in a shrine room, but instead is often practiced in terrifying places like cemeteries or charnal grounds.
Chod Practice Manual and Commentary by the Fourteenth Karmapa Thekchok Dorje and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodo Taye
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This splendid resource for Chod practitioners contains the Chod sadhana written by the Fourteenth Karmapa. This daily practice text is given in three versions: Tibetan, a phonetic rendering of the Tibetan, and English translation. Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on the sadhana supplies necessary amplification and clarification of the sadhana; it is given both in English and Tibetan. An important feature of the commentary is the inclusion of illustrations for the different stages of visualization discussed within the commentary. All in all, this is an essential practice tool and reference guide for the serious Chod practitioner.
Chod: The Sacred Teachings on Severance
Chod: The Sacred Teachings on Severance, Essential Teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages of Tibet, Volume 14 (The Treasury of Precious Instructions)
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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In this, the fourteenth volume, Kongtrul compiles the teachings on Severance, or Chod. It includes some of the tradition's earliest source scriptures, such as the "grand poem" of Aryadeva, and numerous texts by the tradition's renowned founder, Machik Lapdron. Kongtrul also brings together the most significant texts on the rites of initiation, empowerments for practice, and wide-ranging instructions and guides for the support of practitioners.
Machig Labdron and the Foundation of Chod
Machig Labdron and the Foundation of Chod
By: Edou Jerome
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This translation of the most famous biography of Machig Labdron, founder of the unique Mahamudra Chod tradition, is presented together with a comprehensive overview of Chod's historical and doctrinal origins in Indian Buddhism, and its subsequent transmission to Tibet. Machig Labdron is popularly considered to be both a dakini and a deity, an emanation of Yum Chenmo or Prajnaparamita, the embodiment of the wisdom of the buddhas.
Machik's Complete Explanation
Machik's Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chod
By: Sarah Harding, tr.
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Fear, anger, and negativity are states that each of us have to contend with. Machik's Complete Explanation, the most famous book of the teachings of Machik Labdron, the great female saint and yogini of 11th-12th century Tibet, addresses these issues in a practical, direct way. This valuable text is now finally translated in its entirety into English. Machik developed a system, the Mahamudra Chod, that takes the Buddha's teachings as a basis and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces.