Event : Chod Meditation Retreat with HE Shangpa Rinpoche
Date : November 26 - December 1
Venue : Kagyu Institute of Buddhist Studies
Address : G.P.O. Box 3157,Dev Doka,Ward No 2,Kirtipur,Kathmandu,Nepal
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Website :http://www.kirtipur.org/courses_theme_r ... .html#chod
Chod is a method using a drum and a bell and has been practiced for centuries. The combination of the nice melody of the chanting and the instruments makes the whole atmosphere blessed. It is a method for healing and cutting through the root of defilement, that is the ego clinging or the attachment to self and phenomena and all the subsequent defilements such as hatred, desire, pride, fear, fixation and ignorance; that arise from it.
Oral transmission and detailed explanation of the practice, with focus on "Lu Jin" [ offering of the body ] based on the text "Garden of All Joy" written by the Fourteenth Karmapa, Thekchok Dorje (1798-1868) and commentaries by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche(1813-1899)
Teaching by Lama on proper use of Damaru, bell and instruments.
Guided group meditation and practice of Chod based on the text "The Precious Garland" or "Rinchen Trengwa" in Tibetan composed by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje.
Note :This retreat is organised due to requests from the students who attended the Chod retreat in year 2011. It is essential that students who are joining this retreat to have already received some basic instruction and oral transmission of the Chod practice.
Benefits of the practice
The main practice of Chod is to recognise the defilements of ego clinging, attachment to oneself and phenomena, which obstruct the Path to Enlightenment. The practice awakens one's awareness of the pure nature of emotions and the emptiness of mental obscuration, thus rid one of the roots defilements of HATRED, DESIRE and IGNORANCE.
The practice is also a powerful tool for accumulating merits because one practices the generosity of offering one's body to the objects of Refuge, Lamas, Meditational Deities, Dakinis, Protectors, as well as to the gods, spirits and to many other beings to whom we owe karmic debts.