MACHIG LABDRON AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF CHOD by Jerome Edou
This translation of the most famous biography of Machig Labdron, founder of the unique Mahamudra Chöd tradition, is presented together with a comprehensive overview of Chöd's historical and doctrinal origins in Indian Buddhism, and its subsequent transmission to Tibet.
MACHIK'S COMPLETE EXPLANATION: Clarifying the Meaning of Chod trans. & ed. by Sarah Harding
Machik's Complete Explanation is the most famous book of the teachings of Machik Labdron, the great female saint and yogini of 11-12th century Tibet, now finally translated in its entirety into English. Machik developed a system, the Mahamudra Chöd, that takes the Buddha's teachings as a basis and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces. Machik's unique feminine approach was to invoke and nurture the very "demons" that we fear and hate, transforming those reactive emotions into love. It is the tantric version of developing compassion and fearlessness, a radical method of cutting through ego-fixation.
CHOD IN THE GANDEN TRADITION: The Oral Instructions of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, edited by David Molk
In Chöd in the Ganden Tradition we encounter not only the life and teachings of one of the greatest Tibetan masters in modern times, but also instructions in one of the most interesting Tibetan techniques for working with basic fears, applicable to Chöd practitioners from all lineages. The instructions are offered with the engaging directness, wit, and stories for which Rinpoche was legendary.
He tells miraculous stories of the Ganden Oral Lineage masters and then gives detailed explanations of the actual practice, including such topics as the degree of fear "necessary" for Chöd practice and how "to remember dream and death, morning, noon, and night." Also provided are the Chöd sadhanas for chanting in English.
CHOD PRACTICE MANUAL AND COMMENTARY by the Fourteenth Karmapa Thekchok Dorje and Jamgön Kongtrül Lodö Taye, preface by H.E. Bokar Rinpoche, translated by V.V. Lama Lodö Rinpoche
This splendid resource for Chöd practitioners contains the Chod sadhana written by the Fourteenth Karmapa. This daily practice text is given in three versions: Tibetan, a phonetic rendering of the Tibetan, and English translation. Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on the sadhana supplies necessary amplification and clarification of the sadhana; it is given both in English and Tibetan. An important feature of the commentary is the inclusion of illustrations for the different stages of visualization discussed within the commentary. All in all, this is an essential practice tool and reference guide for the serious Chod practitioner.
CHOD PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS (DVD-R) by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, edited by David Molk
Chod Practice Instructions is given in detail by Lama Wangdu and Khenpo Jigme in four sessions. Use of the ritual instruments and the singing of the melodies are fully covered. Because of time limitations at the 2006 Vajra Vidya retreat in Crestone, Colorado, a straight-through Chod practice session was not performed.
CHOD PRACTICE IN THE BON TRADITION by Alejandro Chaoul, foreword by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
This book is the first to trace the history of Chöd practice in Tibet's indigenous Bön tradition. Chöd ("cutting through") is a meditative practice in which the practitioner imagines offering his or her body in sacrifice through elaborate contemplative visualization. Although a meditative practice, Chöd is not done sitting comfortably on a cushion in a shrine room, but instead is often practiced in terrifying places like cemeteries or charnal grounds. The feelings of fear that result are used by the Chöd practitioner to "cut through" his or her own ego. Chöd contains elements of early shamanism, of sutric and tantric teachings also found in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and of the Tibetan highest school of Dzogchen.
FEEDING YOUR DEMONS: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict BY Tsultrim Allione, foreword by Jack Kornfield
Are you wrestling with your Demons?
Struggling with depression, anxiety, illness, an eating disorder, a difficult relationship, fear, self-hatred, addiction, or anger? Renowned American Buddhist leader Tsultrim Allione explains that the harder we fight our demons, the stronger they become. If we want to liberate ourselves from the fight once and for all, we must reverse our approach and nurture our demons.
In Feeding Your Demons, Allione adapts the revolutionary wisdom of Tibet’s greatest female spiritual master for the first time, providing a powerful method for coping with the inner enemies that undermine your best intentions. Based on an extraordinarily simple yet effective five-step practice, Feeding Your Demons outlines a strategy for transforming negative emotions, relationships, fears, illness, and self-defeating patterns. By recognizing your demons, giving them form, and then feeding them, you can free yourself from the battle. And the paradigm shift from fighting to feeding demons can apply not only to your personal challenges but also to the challenges of the world at large.
Enriched with detailed examples to show how others have transformed their demons, Feeding Your Demons will give you remarkable new insight into the forces that threaten to defeat you, along with the tools to achieve inner peace.