From November 21 2010 Sunday which was the full moon day in Tibetan calendar as well as Blue moon day; We came together and practice the recital of Chod ( Heartily laughter of the dakini, Hidden Yogis Feast Offering, and Seated on one seat tsok offering. )
Chod is a distinct, pure and authentic classical practice. Chod has different connotations. In the western mindset Chod is sometimes considered as a shamanic practice because it also deals with spirits when used to purify human beings or haunted places. Traditionally Chod practice has its roots in the Indian Buddhist practice. These roots are known as the four Great Chod Tributaries from India. They are: Aryadeva’s Tsik-chad (meaning of the words), Naropa’s ro-nyom (fair taste), Padma Sambahava’s trin-chod (purifying the obstacles) and PhaDamapa Sangya’s Shije (pacifying the suffering).
All these lineages were born from the very heart of Machik Labdron who is the emanation of the great mother (tib:Yum-Chenmo), the embodiment of the perfection of wisdom. Her main teachers were Phadampa, Arya Tara and Kyodon Sonam lama. Within the Chod practice there are three different sets of practice namely Sutra practice, Tantra practice and the combination of these two. Arya Tara gave direct transmission to Machik Labdron who passed this unbroken teaching to her son Thonyon Samdrup. He fully integrated the practice in his meditation at Shampo Gangla and attained the rainbow body. This particular lineage falls under Tantra practice. The combination of both Sutra and Tantra practices was born from Machik’s own heart and she passed it on to Khugom Chodsing. Machik mentions that the word “PHA” refers to the perfection of wisdom or Sutra, “TA” refers to the great Mantra Vehicle or Tantra and that is why “PHAT” refers to the combination of both Sutra and Tantra. When reciting “PHAT”one should make a point to say it with a strong voice.
Externally Machik is considered to be Arya Tara, inwardly known as the realized great Mother, secretly as the Vajra Yogini and in more deeper secret as the wrathful Dakini (tib: T'hroma Nagmo). During Machik’s time there was a debate among Acharyas (scholars) and Sadhus (Indian yogis) in India about her being the Great Mother. Three Sadhus from India who had the ability to cross long distances in a short time carried out series of investigations. True story accounts with proofs and clues evidenced Machik being born many lifetimes in India. Realizing that she is the emanation of the Great Mother, these three Sadhus later learnt and brought the Bhod-Chod (Machik's chod) in India where it flourished.Machik mentioned clearly with her own voice that “All the Dharma practice originally came from India to Tibet but my Chod tradition was born in Tibet and later flourished into India”.
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Phadampa Center is mainly supported by a small group of young Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. Our main objectives are:-
1. Preserve Shije and Chod traditional practice.
2. Restoring the texts of Shije Chod and make them available to Chod Practitioners.
3. Provide support to Chod practitioner’s by providing daily food, housing and medicines for those who cannot afford it in Nepal and India.
4. Organizing Chod teachings to the public.
5. Provide dharma services like pujas and rituals for the sick, consecrate home, businesses and land.
6. Follow the path of Non Sectarian or Rimed Culture where all traditions are welcome to participate.
7. Support the Monastery and the monks financially so that Rinpoche will be able to focus on the Teachings.
8. Restoring and maintaining the holy places of the Mahassidhas