Precious Rosary of Chö Feasts


Tsogley Title

Crowning Jewel of Chod

The Tsokley Rinpoche Trengwa (or simply Rinchen Trengwa) is the main long Chod ritual practiced by Kagyu and Nyingma lamas and yogis. Those practicing either the Machik or Nyingtik Chö, Drikung Chod, or any of dozens of other terma traditions including the Dudjom Tersar, rely on the Precious Rosary as an extensive Tsok ritual. Others take it as their main practice, doing the full practice daily or focusing on different sections each day. Two such monasteries, strictly devoted to the Rinchen Trengwa, currently exist in Bhutan. The Precious Rosary is also ideal for group or solo retreats of 7, 14 or 30 days or longer. For all however, it is a comprehensive path, containing all the elements of both Chöd and Vajrayana.

The Chod Legacy

The Precious Rosary of Chod Offerings is a comprehensive collection of Chöd practices directly from the tradition of MaChik herself. The legacy of the Precious Rosary consists of 21 additional texts, including six healing texts, a funerary or after death bardo guidance text and so on. Rangjung Rigpai Dorje, the Third Karmapa (c. 1300), collated these texts, correcting errors and ensuring that all extant writings were part of the MaChik's original Chöd tradition. Three hundred years later, Karma Chagmé (c. 1650), the famous Kagyu luminary, further polished the collection, preserving an accurate transmission to this very day.

The Text

The current Delhi version of the Tibetan text or "pecha" contains over 170 folios, while our current English transliteration and translation, combined with the Tibetan, fills over 300 letter size pages (8.5 x 11"). This is an accurate, poetic and practitioner-friendly translation of this important text, with the following features:

  • A unique transliteration system that is easy to pronounce and read for non-Tibetan readers (the majority of students!), and dramatically different than the ponderous systems used elsewhere.
  • Accurate translations of the meanings of the text, while attending to the lyrical and poetic nature of the original writings as much as possible.
  • Full color text on the right side, with black and white Tibetan on the left, formatted for comparison and language study.
  • Profuse color and black and white  illustrations, portrayal of seed syllables, music notations, headings and subheadings, color-coding of the ten sections, oversize page numbering, etc.
  • Durable hard cover, heavy duty bond paper with high quality inks.
  • Each text is individually stamped and numbered.
  • Includes chöpen (shrine activity) notations, symbols and directions.

Structure of the Precious Rosary

The Precious Rosary of Chöd Feasts can be naturally organized into 10 sections. A survey of these sections of the Tibetan text show the full range and depth of this remarkable work. Some of these "sections" were printing separately in old Tibet, indicating that the Third Karmapa (Rangjung Dorje) collected various pieces of MaChik's heritage, to create the seamless work now know as the Rinpoche Tsokley Trengwa (RTT). How we color-coded the 10 sections of the translation-practice text is shown below. Download the full Table of Contents at the top left of this page to see a more complete breakdown of the many sections of the RTT.

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Preliminary Section
  • Blessing the Offerings, Self-visualization, Summoning, Creating of the field of accumulation
  • The Higher Guests; extensive Refuge, Bodhicitta and offerings.

Mantra Section
  • Inner recitation, Purification
  • Mantra for the sick

Feasts and Prayers Section
  • Alternating praises and feasts, over a dozen different Red and White visualizations.
  • include the Prayer to Padampa by MaChik, the songs of her son and doors of her reliquary, etc.

Ganachakra Section
  • The Chod Ganapuja or Tsok, with the feasting of yogis and yoginis.
  • inviting sacred guests of Lama, Dakini, Yidam and Protector.

Torma Section
  • Tormas for Lama, Yidam
  • Range of protectors

Kangwa Section
  • Offerings to the various protectors of Chod for fulfilment of Samaya
  • including those bound to service by MaChik and Padampa Sangye.

Dakini Offering Section
  • Offering to the various classes of Dakinis
  • Exhorting the 100,000 Dakinis, Dakinis of the 25 places and so on.

Protector Section
  • Prayer and mantra recitation to the full range of some dozen Chod protectors
  • 6-Arm Mahakala, Aghora, Palden Lhama, Cittipatti, Nagas, etc.

10. Concluding Section
  • Chenrezig practice, Dedication, Confession, Sending back the Guests, etc.