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Tröma Audio Series - The Feast of Chöd - Audio CD
Tröma Audio Series - The Feast of Chöd


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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

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