GANDEN GUILD CLUB – “THE PRACTICE OF MAHAMUDRA OF CHOD IN THE GELUGPA TRADITION”
Tuesday nights, weekly, from 7:30pm-9pm. Open for practice to all who have received the Chod Tantric Empowerment in the Gelugpa Tradition.
Chod is a unique and very special tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism originating from the famed Tibetan female Saint, Lama and Yogini, Machig Labdron (1055 – 1149 AD).
Literally meaning “to cut through”, Chod practice uses intense Tantric imagery, ritual, song, drumming, meditation and the philosophy of Prajnaparamita of Mahayana Buddhism to “cut” the “demons” and “gods” that are the obstacles and obscurations that characterize one’s own selfishness and provoke a “limit-experience” of the ego itself.
While Chod has many “shamanic” elements to it, such as trance-like rhythmic drumming, hauntingly beautiful melodies, merging with sky-like awareness and the presence and guidance of Buddhist “angels” – at it’s core, it is a tradition of Buddhist practice build around and fully expressing, the three principle paths of Renunciation, Bodhicitta and the Wisdom realizing Selflessness.
The roots of the Gelugpa Chod go right back to our Founder, the Incomparable Lama, Scholar and Yogi, Je Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa. Chod has been practiced subsequently by the greatest Lamas of our Tradition, such as Dharmavajra Choki Dorje, Gyalwa Ensapa and the famed Panchen Lamas. The ideal Chodpa in the Gelug Tradition is one that embodies of the age-old ethics of the Kadam Lineage: humility, sincerity, great compassion and pure ethics.
Our Chod Guild follows closely both the teachings, protocols and lived examples of our Spiritual Guides and Chod Lamas: The Very Venerable Zasep Rinpoche, the Lineage holder of the Gelug Chod, H.H. Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche and his amazing student-teacher, Yogini Miya Shimada.
Ganden Chod Guild will focus on the main of two lineages of Gelugpa Chod: the Gaden Ensa Chod.
Chod Guild will also lead Chod outdoors at locations throughout Toronto that are appropriate to the practice such as more secluded parks and rivers. It is wonderful to do Chod outdoors as we are then following in the sacred footsteps of our Lineage ancestors who, for millennia, have been wandering homeless yogins practicing under the open sky, sun and stars in the wild of Asia.
Chod Guild will also lead in-house and home retreats, traditional to our Lineage.