LAUGHTER of the DAKINIS
- To learn Jigmé Lingpa’s Khandro GeJang, or Laughter of the Dakinis, from his practice cycle, the Longchen Nyintik, the most widely practiced Chod terma or revealed treasure.
- Experiencing the relationship of Chod to land energies and entities, and to sacred space.
- Demonology: Understanding the full spectrum and reality of demons, spirits and non-human entities and their place within Chod.
- To learn the Fire Puja or Mé Cho of the Chod lineage.
- Transmission of the sadhana of Laughter of the Dakinis and associated texts.
- Visual transmission of the Cham, the sacred dance of the wandering Chodpa.
- Transmission (lung) of the Fire Puja of Chod.
LAUGHTER of the DAKINIS
The terma tradition, here embodied by the renowned Jigmé Lingpa (1729-1798) introduces a number of new elements: Overpowering, Nailing the Demon, Giving of Dharma, and more. It also brings forth the idea of Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal as a source of many Chod revelations. And like most Chod terma coming from the Nyingmapa tradition, Laughter of the Dakinis relies on the mandala of wrathful black Troma as the expression of Feminine Enlightened Energy, here synonymous with Vajrayogini, the White Dakini, or MaChik herself.
An overview of the treasure tradition, and the spontaneous manifestation of enlightened rituals from various sources will be examined.
The crucial relationship of Chod to the vital health of the environment is examined. The Laughter of the Dakinis is ideally suited for land healing and environmental pacification and energy clearing.
OVERPOWERING & NAILING
Wong du Zilnon, or Overcoming with Brilliance is an important initial stage of Chod. Though only marginally present in early Chod forms, it become increasingly important in the development of various Terma traditions. After the time of Jigmé Lingpa’s Laughter of the Dakinis, its prominence was assured.
CHOD FIRE PUJA
A Fire Puja is a Vajrayana ritual, with roots in the most ancient Brahmanical culture, and part of the earliest Buddhist Tantra of India. In the practice of fire offering, the mandala of the deities in the case of Chod, represented by the Five Wisdom Dakinis are visualized and manifested within the fire itself. Offerings are then made to this extraordinary display of enlightened energy.
The effect of Fire Puja is mainly one of purification. Typically, such rituals are always performed after completion of mantra accumulations or “drup chen” (prolonged ritual cycles lasting many days, weeks or even months). The effects are extraordinarily powerful, as all impurities, errors, karmic faults, and emotional defilement are incinerated in the Wisdom Fire, and the effect is quite tangible and visceral. There are many generic Fire Pujas in all lineages that can be appended to any practice. Fortunately, we have a specific Chod Fire Puja. An extensive description of a Fire Puja can be found here on Scrib.
CROSSROADS CHOD DEATH RITUAL
The main death ritual of Chod is very complex, extensive and lengthy. This particular elegant practice is concise and poetic, from the tradition of Dharma Shri and Ani Lochen Rinpoche. This has never been translated or taught in the West previously.
We will explore the Tibetan knowledge Demons, filling in the gaps with Western concepts and experience. NHEs—Non-Human Entities—are a very real and a very important part of the landscape of life. We will come to an understanding of the range of demonic forces and the many ways in which they impact our lives, relationships, career, finances and all the rest.
- Tuition includes all text practices, CD of PDFs and MP3 audio files and is $295.
- And extended DVD set of all rituals and teachings will be available after the initial teaching.