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This area is for all those interested in, or practicing Chod to download additional useful practices, charts and what have you! All who subscribe to the Chod Newslwetter/Updates will automatically have access to these materials… May benefit fill the earth and sky, and bring peace to this long-suffering realm, and to the hearts of the lost, confused, conflicted and darkened souls everywhere… Enjoy!
- Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
- Request for teachings
- Short Mandala Offering
- Dedication of Merit
- Fulfillment of Mind’s Wishes
These types of Talismans are protective shields, created with mantra and images, built of luminosity and awareness, filled with blessings of Yidam, Protector, Dakini and Lama and designed to guard our minds and bodies against inner and outer obstacles. They work, they help!
They can be put on the wall, above entry and exit doors, or even worn on the body (shrink down), in your car, or in your wallet (not kidding!).
Astrological, Sa-Ché Protection
While offerings to protectors is inherent in any Chod sadhana, it is an excellent idea to do a brief protector practice and offering daily. You can’t be too careful! With the tremendous obstacles of sickness, crazy actions, social instability and financial collapse all in play, Protector practices do just that, changing the course of events of mitigating the effect of our own ripening negative karma, or that of the collective planetary karma. While there are hundreds (thousands actually) of protector practices, and different ones for each lineage, brief is always very useful. Below is the condensed, yet fresh and powerful revealed treausre (Terma) of Pegyal Lingpa, the great Bhutanese master of our era. While these are the main three Nyingma protectors, the practice is suitable for anyone in any lineage.
Short Chod Tsok
From the collection of the Precious Rosary, this wonderful brief and condensed Chod ganachakra feast can be added to any Chod ritual, short of long (It would go directly after the feast section, but before any dissolution or dedication). Note that usually there is no remainder offering (Tib = lakma) in a Chod tsok, as this is reserved for uninvited guests; In Chod ALL the guests are already invited, there being no distinction between high and low.
Short Chod Tsok Melodies
The Tibetan, translated here as ‘short’ is du-pa. “Dupa” is short in length or time, but it also means concise; Not missing any elements, or a shortened, but complete in every way, but condensed, with a minimum of elaboration. It is essential, nakedly powerful and simple in application. Here is the easy melody, with ritual performed in San Rafael, California by Tsewong Rinpoche, Lama Jinpa and Lama Pema, during a private Tsok.
MaChik Field of Chod Thanka
While other lineages have “Refuge Trees,” in the Chod tradition, the image presented to us is the Field of Chod (Cho Yal). This is basically the field of karmic accumulation, a display of MaChik at the center, surrounded by the Higher Guests of the Chod feast. This Field should be there for us constantly, not necessarily as an image or clear visualization, but as a felt sense, a spiritual presence, a sacred force that resides in the spaciousness of Wisdom Mind. Students of Module 1 already have the outline-key to identify who is who in this formidable array of sacred power. On the other hand, the lower guests, sentient beings and karmic and flesh debtors, demons and negative forces, are obviously not portrayed. But even during the demonic feasts, this higher Field is there, in essence.
The Thanka is very rare in its quality and subtle detail, took about 8 months to paint and cost over $2,000 (expensive by Nepal standards). It is one of the finest Thankas of this type, the only one rivaling it is the huge MaChik Cho Yul Thanka, at Lama Wangdu Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal (unfortunately, not on display but rolled up somewhere these days). And this was painted by the very same artist, who I commissioned after seeing the exquisite Lama Wangdu MaChik tree. This is a high resolution photo that can be printed to 16×20 or larger (if you have the right enhancement software).
Prayer to MaChik of The Three Kayas
This short prayer was written by the Nyingma master, khrul zhig dbang drag rgya mtsho, died 1640. His rare collected works or Sung Bum consists of 548 folios, but this prayer is part of the most recent publication of the Precious Rosary of Chod Feasts collection, New Delhi, 2009. Trulshig Rongdrol was the previous incarnation of the famous Terton Namcho Mingyur Dorje (1645-1667) and a close associate of Karma Chagmé (1613-1678); Mingyur Dorje was Karma Chagmé nephew and student, but also became his teacher, Chagmé commiting to writing all of Mingyur Dorje’s terma revelations. These formed the Namcho or Sky Teachings which are part of the Palyul lineage and Nedo Kagyu lineage to the present day.
Chod Prayer Flag Strips
The PDF contains a sheet that can be cut into 8 Chod prayer flags, each containing the core mantra of Chod, written in Tibetan: Teyata Om Gaté Gaté Paragaté Parasamgaté So Ha. A hold can be punched at the dancing Dakini end of each strip and a biodegradable string attached. Then, each place you perform Chod in parks, wilderness areas, cities, cemeteries, forests, subways, wherever you can tie a flag to a discrete out-of-the-way area. These do not have to be seen by anybody, and they are not advertisements. The wind and natural forces will carry the energetic fingerprint of the mantra and the whole blessing of the lineages of Chod, and your practice, to countless sentient beings. This includes insects, animals, humans, and the many forms of non-physical and non-human entities, including beings in other realms (gods, hell beings, yidaks, etc.), wandering spirits and demonic classes of beings.
Of course there also is a significant effect in healing the land, and helping pacify disturbances such as natural disasters, weather abnormalities, energetic distortions, disease tendencies, and so on. Placing them in areas where traffic accidents happen often, or other misfortunes are known is tremendously beneficial in quelling the forces behind these events. This is the spiritual path, the ancient way of shamen, priest and priestess, ngakpa, yogi and yogini. These are the forgotten ways of really changing the world, the ways unknown in this dark myopic time of the religion of Dense Materialism.