The Chöd Damaru (Chöda) is the central instrument of Chöd. It is a sacred
Vajrayana implement that—if made correctly—has extraordinary properties:
It is the dwelling place of the divine feminine, the Dakini;
It is itself synonymous with the enlightened forms of Prajnaparamita,
Vajrayogini and Troma.
The damaru is the sound of Sunyata or complete openness, a bridge that connects
us to the essential source, the basis of being that is beyond name and form.
It is also a unique channel for the profound blessings and power of the lineage
and a portal for the mystical forces that protect the dharma.
The damaru is thus the sound of the dharma itself and a proclamation of the
fearlessness of the solitary yogin or yogini.
All this being so, an important and deep relationship comes to exist between the
Chöd practitioner their Chöd drum.
Quality of Chod Drum
. Skin • "Trin-pak" (cloud skins) are the only proper way to make damaru skins
• Painting skins destroys their sound and energetic qualities.
• Skins are buried for several weeks iwth copper and mineral salts and sacred
• The inside of the skin has a lotus drawn with the rare "35 Dakini's blood."
2. Wood Fine Acacia (SengDeng) is made from a single tree, that is up to 200
years old from Bhutantese forests. These old-growth forests are no longer found
3. Mantras • Mantras are hand written in gold, on a red background
• There are many traditions of mantra scribing; We use the MaChik or Dudjom
4. Beaters • "Eyeball" pattern of woven cloth over rolled leather.
• interior has powder of 108 human skulls.
5. Conch Ring • A white conch ring is essential on the damaru handle, expressing
the purity of dharma
6. Metal Ring • A iron or steel ring must be used to connect the strap to the
chopen or tail
7. Banner • Individual Benares silk panels, in the ancient style, represent the
5 Dakini families (11 panels in total
The advantages of a wood kangling include the following:
There is no problem whatsoever with transport or visibility in public as with
Bone kanglings are almost never from a known origin and often not from reliable
sources. For example, kangling are not to be used from diseased individuals or
who died from contagion,those who died from an accident, heretics, non-Buddhists
or samaya breakers, etc.
They are less wrathful and gentler in action, since they carry only your own
The price is comparatively reasonable and affordable.
Not subject to cracks or damage, as with fragile bone.
Wood also retains our "ngodrup" or siddhi, the accumulated positive energy of
They are a work of art that can last a lifetime and be passed on as a sacred
legacy to future practitioners.
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