Troma Nagmo Feasts of Chod ~ Digital Audio
The practice of chod, or “cutting through,” is a Tibetan Buddhist meditative practice in which hopes and fears—as well as the three poisons of desire, anger, and ignorance—can be cut off at the root and abandoned. The key to the practice lies in learning how to use a combination of visualization, mantra recitation, and the performance of ritual activities—including the singing of specific songs and the playing of musical instruments—in order to loosen one’s mental grip on the delusions that we come to perceive as concrete reality. By practicing the “feasts” of the chod, one accomplishes this by offering one’s own body as the feast for the benefit of all sentient beings. These practices are tantric methods for accomplishing the view of the prajnaparamita, or perfection of wisdom knowledge, and involve learning how to see the truly empty nature of self and external phenomena.
The songs /chants come directly from the hidden treasure or terma tradition of the great tantric master Heruka Dudjom Lingpa [1835 - 1904].
Heruka Dudjom Lingpa was from the Golog region of Amdo, in eastern Tibet, and during his lifetime revealed the full meditative practice cycle of Troma Nagmo, the Great Black Mother. Among Heruka Dudjom Lingpa’s countless disciples were thirteen who were able to use the Troma Nagmo practices to achieve total liberation and in the process attain the rainbow body, with the result that their physical bodies disappeared in brilliant flashes of five-colored rainbow lights.
On the Feasts of Chod CD, Sangye Khandro—an eminent western Troma Nagmo practitioner and translator of Tibetan Buddhist teachings and texts—performs all of the songs that are used in Heruka Dudjom Lingpa’s cycle of chod practices.
Different feasts are performed at different times of the day, accompanied by the opening and closing prayers that are also included on the CD. The melodies for these songs were taught to Sangye Khandro by her root teacher, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, who was the direct mind reincarnation of Heruka Dudjom Rinpoche.
Sangye performs the feasts and prayers using the traditional instruments of the practice: chod drum, bell, and kangling.
Feasts and Prayers:
- Dakini's Laughter [Wangdud Zilnon]
- Supplication and Ngondro
- Black Feast
- White Feast
- Mixed Feast
- Red Feast
- Red Feast of Pure Vision
- Giving the Body
- Giving the Dharma
- Dakini's Aspiration Prayer
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