UPCOMING CHOD EVENTS
1. Module 1: Online Transmission and Chod Empowerment
WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2012 (Dakini Day). 11 am PST; 2 pm EST
WHERE: Anwhwere you are!
For all new Distance Learning students of Module 1 the Chod empowerment is the assurance that you are fully entered into the blessing stream and inner mandala of Chod. For all who have previously trained in Module 1 and beyond (i.e. who are current students of the School) it is very powerful to re-take the empowerment… and there is no fee or tuition to reconnect in this way!
Attendees are taken through the empowerment process step-by-step, with English translation, as well as written text for repeating various requests, prayers and so on. Taking part in the visualizations at each stage provides a depth experience and lasting imprint at levels beyond conscious intellect. Read more here…
Meanwhile, Module 1 is now fully available for Distance Learning. Read about Module 1, and if this path seems appropriate to you, Applications can be downloaded below and on the front page of the website.
WHEN: March 31-April 1 (Wild Cho, April 2)
WHERE: AIMC, Berkeley, California
Module 2 covers three important major areas of Chod practice:
1. The Feasts: The sixteen major feasts, and their MEANING will be discussed in detail. There can be used in any Chod ritual whatsoever, from any lineage or style.
2. The Ngondro of Chod: From the Shukseb Chod tradition, comes a wonderful Preliminary Practice, which contains the usual sequences of Ngondro, but with a unique orientation to Chod. For example instead of Vajrasattva purification, we have a karmic cleansing utilizing the form of MaChik and the gaté mantra, and so on. Read more here…
3. The Lujin: Daily Chod practice of the Kagyu: While there are now several books that have translations and commentary on this practice, you will learn this medium length sadhana from a different perspective, and as a Ngondro in itself
Module 5-The Healing Rituals
WHEN: April 21-23
WHERE: Â Rudramandir, Berkeley, CA
One of the most unique benefits of Chod is its focus on the healing process. As an adjunct to natural and holistic treatments, as well as mainstream medicine, it is second to none. This is because it addresses all the deep-level spiritual causes of physical and mental disease and suffering that are almost wholly ignored by contemporary health care systems.
While all Chod practices have healing benefits, the MaChik tradition has left us with four main, and several ancillary healing rituals, each with their own profound effect on healing our deepest selves. Read more here…
Module 5 is open to all qualified practitioners.The four core practices we will learn are the healing rituals used universally by Chodpas of all lineages: Kagyu, Nyingtik, Dudjom, Do Khyentse, etc. They are addendum that are added on to any Chod feast or daily practice. An ideal method of healing others, these methods are also excellent for one’s own practice or retreat. Cutting to the roots of illness, these practices address a broad spectrum of disease causation: karma, demonic influences, elemental imbalance and so on.
Prerequisite for taking this 3-day training is Module 1, or long term involvement in any Chod lineage (Kagyu, Nyingma, Gelugpa, Bon), to be individually assessed on application to the school. We will use a brief daily Chod (PeGyal Lingpa’s Concise Chod or Kusali Tsok of Jigmé Lingpa as the “envelope” for learning these rituals. Tsewong Rinpoche will offer explanation, aided by Lama Jinpa’s clear translations, slides and diagrams. The first ever translation of these texts will be available as a hard bound book. For more information on Module 5….see here.