So I have this big chod drum...

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So I have this big chod drum...

Postby DGA » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:10 am

Some years back, I came into possession of a large chod drum. It's a beauty too: with the long brocade tail, shells stitched into the band, good craftsmanship, good sound, &c. The former owner no longer had a need for it, as she decided to begin practicing with a group called Celtic Buddhism which evidently doesn't practice chod... that's how it passed to me.

Anyway, this drum is too much for me to handle. I've been storing it for the past six or seven years now. It's in very good condition, even if there's a bit of dust on the fabric cover (which has a convenient strap with which to carry it or sling it over one's shoulder). I no longer wish to store it. I have no idea what to do with it, but I'd particularly like it if it became part of someone's regular practice. Any recommendation, suggestion, or advice will be warmly welcomed. Thank you.
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Re: So I have this big chod drum...

Postby Karma Dorje » Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:45 am

My suggestion would be to put it on eBay, use the proceeds to sponsor some dharma activity or feed people, you may even find people here that would be interested in it.

Conversely, offer it to your dharma center to be auctioned for fundraising.
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Re: So I have this big chod drum...

Postby Karma Jinpa » Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:03 pm

Jikan, all of the suggestions above are good, as Chödams are quite expensive, especially the higher quality ones. Just take a look at how much the ones on http://damaruworks.com/ and http://www.garudashop.com/ are fetching. This could allow for quite a bit of Dharma activity to be sponsored.

Based on how you acquired the drum, it sounds like perhaps it was given to you. The other option would be to give it away in a similar fashion, perhaps to someone of little means who cannot afford such a ritual instrument but has a sincere desire to practice Chöd. As one of these poor practitioners, I can assure you that there are people out there who would very much appreciate the kindness and generosity if you choose to go that route.
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Re: So I have this big chod drum...

Postby DGA » Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:24 pm

The one I'm speaking of looks identical to this one (it's the same case too):

http://www.tibetanspirit.com/all-items/ ... pang-wood/

I'd prefer not to sell the thing as I don't like to sell dharma items. I'm happy to give it away to someone who will put it to proper use, or to trade.
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Re: So I have this big chod drum...

Postby Adamantine » Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:55 am

I'd donate to a center that engages in group Chod
practice regularly. Some people always need drums because
they're new to the practice or they couldn't afford one or because
they couldn't get their drum before the practice session
or whatever. So it's always good to have spares around
to let people use. If you don't know any centers like this I could
give you a list.
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Re: So I have this big chod drum...

Postby ClearblueSky » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:21 pm

Since you'd rather give it away than make money, I'd just put it up for really, really cheap on ebay. You'll make someone's day.

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Re: So I have this big chod drum...

Postby DGA » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:57 pm

I've chosen to give this drum to a dedicated practitioner in need. I'm confident it will support this person's practice in a way that will bring benefit to all. So... Thanks, DharmaWheel!
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