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Chöd: The Practice of Self Sacrifice (Streaming Video)

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Chöd: The Practice of Self Sacrifice (Streaming Video)


by Swami Chetanananda, with Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche

Chöd is an ancient tantric practice concerned with sacrifice. Traditionally performed in cremation grounds, where emotional energy is intensified, the practitioner uses a drum, bell, and thighbone trumpet to summon all harmful spirits and offer them a visualized feast consisting of his own body. Through this practice, we learn to cut attachment and give ourselves away completely, dissolving our ego in the process of benefiting all beings.

Seldom is the real purpose and understanding of Chöd revealed to a western practitioner. In this unprecedented in-depth program, Swami Chetanananda does just that, revealing the origins, purpose, and results of engaging in this rare and powerful practice.

The program concludes with a complete ritual practice performed by Swamiji and Lama Wangdu, the only two living lineage holders in this particular practice tradition. Helpful English subtitles are included.

  • Part 1. My Spiritual Journey (32:41)

  • Part 2. Kundalini, the Breath of Life (14:05)

  • Part 3. Padmasambhava and the Origins of Chöd (22:54)

  • Part 4. Pacifying Negative Energies (13:13)

  • Part 5. Why Do Chöd? (59:38)

  • Part 6. Cutting Through Obstacles (51:29)

  • Part 7. Devotion and Transformation (50:49)

  • Part 8. Chöd Practice (with English subtitles) (55:00)

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Swami Chetanananda

An American meditation master and abbot of The Movement Center in Portland, Oregon, Swami Chetanananda serves as spiritual teacher, mentor, and beloved guide to students throughout the world. Born and educated in the Midwest, he trained under Swami Rudrananda until Rudi passed away in 1973. He was initiated into the Saraswati Order in 1978 in Ganeshpuri, India, with Swami Muktananda presiding. In addition, he is a lineage holder in the Shi-je tradition of Padampa Sangye and the practices of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche

In addition to studying with Napdra Rinpoche, Rinpoche has received transmission of the entire Longchen Nyingthig teachings, and the complete teachings and practices of Padampa Sangye, a great Indian mahasiddha who is credited with bringing Chöd practice to Tibet.

In March 2003, Rinpoche attended teachings by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. During that visit, His Holiness told him that the Zhi-je teachings of Padampa Sangye,, were especially precious and relevant to contemporary conditions. His Holiness asked Rinpoche to establish a monastery in Kathmandu to continue these teachings in Nepal.