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“An incarnation called Labkyi Dronma will practice in the district of Zangs-ri and cut through all negative thoughts, uprooting them completely. She will cut discursiveness off so finely that negative thoughts will be without roots and will never arise again.”

- From a prophesy of Padmasambhava concerning Machik Labdron
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The Chöd damaru is a large double-sided hand held drum. 'Chöd' literally means 'cutting' or 'destroying'. The practice of Chöd involves a powerful combination of puja and meditation, where the practitioner offers their own body to cut away the four demons within. Machik Labdron received the Chöd teachings from her Indian guru, Padampa Sangye and also from Kyoton Sonam Lama and propagated them in Tibet.


"Chöd means cutting through, i.e., severing erroneous concepts about the world of appearances and all illusions regarding the existence of a personal self. The practice of Chöd is an advanced skilful method that enables practitioners to become free of clinging to false notions and beliefs regarding inherent existence of appearances and experiences and therefore of an individual self. Attachment and clinging to a self are forces that give rise to the defilements, which are the source of anguish and pain. Chöd is the practice that enables disciples to understand emptiness of all appearances that are fit to arise and therefore can be apprehended. It is an exceptional practice" ~ Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche


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Superior Chöd Drum - Bhutanese Quality
Superior Chöd Drum - Bhutanese Cloud Skins - 8 to 9 inch Drum
Our Price: £325.00

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A Chöd damaru that is hand crafted for practitioners who are serious about using the most authentic ritual instruments.

What makes these drums so different from other Chöd damarus in the marketplace?

  • The sound is unsurpassed!
  • Each drum is created using accurate and traditional centuries old methods.
  • Only fine quality Bhutanese Sengdeng (Acacia) wood is used and not cheaper woods that are seen on other drums.
  • Only natural unpainted Bhutanese cloud skins are used. The skins are buried in the ground with copper and other precious substances. This process can take many weeks to complete and the skins turn a beautiful cloudy green. It increases the longevity of the skins and also empowers them for years of ritual use. It also gives each drum its own unique character.
  • The skins will maintain their tightness, unlike many other damaru skins in the marketplace.
  • On the inside of the drum accurate mantras are applied, this empowers the drum to be used for ritual practice.
  • Each drum has a suede or leather handle which helps give comfortable support when playing for long periods. Cowrie shells are also stitched into the band that wraps round the drum.
  • Includes a high quality brocade damaru tail.
  • Includes a very fine brocade carrying case which helps protect the drum when not in use. Each case is lined with red felt, which helps absorb moisture.
Chöd Drum
Fine Chöd Drum - Dark Sengdeng Wood - Nepalese - 9 to 10 inches
Our Price: £160.00

This is our largest size Nepalese Chöd drum, finished to a high standard and made from a dark Nepalese acacia wood. They are heavier than our smaller drums but still easy to handle. All drums come with a fine brocade tail with a conch disc at the apex. Cowrie shells are also sewn into the brocade in the centre of the drum. They are protected with a fine brocade carrying case. We strive very hard to bring you quality products which are needed by practitioners. These are the best Nepalese Chöd drums currently being made in Nepal. Our drum maker also supplies many of the monasteries in Nepal and India.

diameter approx 9 to 10 inches

Comes complete with a traditional carrying case and fine quality brocade tail. The case is also lined with felt, which helps absorb moisture from the environment.

The colour of the brocade tail and brocade case may vary between drums.
Chöd Drum - Large 10 inch
Fine Chöd Drum - Large 10 inch Natural Sengdeng Wood - Nepalese
Our Price: £160.00

This is our largest drum and measures approx 9.5 to 10 inches in diameter.

Finished to a very high standard in Himalayan Sengdeng (Acacia) wood. They are light weight and easy to handle. All drums come with a fine brocade tail. Cowrie shells are also sewn into the brocade in the centre of the drum. They are protected with a fine brocade carrying case. We strive very hard to bring you quality products which are needed by practitioners. These are the best Nepalese Chöd drums we have seen on our buying trips. The skin should maintain its tightness unlike many other drums in the marketplace.
Please note that your Chöd drum will come with our newly designed brocade carrying case. These cases have much finer stitching and the case is generally more secure than other cases in the marketplace. The case flap has added velcro which helps protect the drum and keeps the case looking neat at all times. The case is also lined with felt, which helps absorb moisture from the environment.

Colour of brocade case may vary.
Chöd Drum
Fine Chöd Drum - Dark Sengdeng Wood - Nepalese - 8.25 inches
Our Price: £140.00

This is our standard size Nepalese Chöd drum, finished to a high standard and made from a dark Nepalese acacia wood. They are light weight and easy to handle. All drums come with a fine brocade tail with a conch disc at the apex. Cowrie shells are also sewn into the brocade in the centre of the drum. They are protected with a fine brocade carrying case. We strive very hard to bring you quality products which are needed by practitioners. These are the best Nepalese Chöd drums currently being made in Nepal. Our drum maker also supplies many of the monasteries in Nepal and India.

diameter approx 8.25

Comes complete with a traditional carrying case and fine quality brocade tail. The case is also lined with felt, which helps absorb moisture from the environment.

The colour of the brocade tail and brocade case may vary between drums.
Domra Hat
Domra Hat for the Chödpa
Our Price: £29.95

A ritual Domra hat to shield one's gaze during the practice of Chöd.

One size fits all.
Hand crafted in Nepal

CHOD DRUM TAIL - SILK BROCADE
Our Price: £19.95

Fine quality silk brocade Chod drum tail.

Length with tassles approx 31 inches
Tröma Audio Series - The Feast of Chöd
Tröma Audio Series - The Feast of Chöd - Audio CD
Our Price: £14.95

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Tröma Audio Series
The Feasts of Chöd

The practice of chöd, or “cutting through,” is a Tibetan Buddhist meditative practice in which a person’s 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 chöd practice, 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 both one’s self and all external phenomena. The songs on this CD come directly from the hidden treasure or terma tradition of the great tantric master Heruka Dudjom Lingpa, who lived in Tibet from 1835 until 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 Tröma Nagmo, the Great Black Mother.

Among Heruka Dudjom Lingpa’s countless disciples were thirteen who were able to use the Tröma 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 Chöd CD, Sangye Khandro—an eminent western Tröma 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 chöd 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 Khandro performs the feasts and prayers using the traditional instruments of the practice: chöd 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
CHOD DRUM TAIL - STANDARD BROCADE
Our Price: £12.00

A standard brocade Chod drum tail.

Length with tassles approx 31 inches