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Chöd, which means “to cut,” is a profound path of severing dualistic fixation and ego-clinging. For the chod practitioner, the body is regarded as the primary object of clinging. Through visualizing one’s consciousness as the female Buddha T’hroma Nagmo (The “Wrathful Black Mother”) the yogi or yogini offers the ordinary body to the assembled guests: enlightened beings, gods and demons (personifications of the five poisons of the mind), and those owed karmic debts, purifying negative karma and accumulating merit on a vast scale. Combining the view of the Prajnaparamita Sutra with the highest view of Dzogchen, Chöd is known for its haunting melodies and ritual instrumentation. When performed for others, it is a powerful healing ritual.  This special practice will be held on Sunday, Oct.31, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom (details below).   What an appropriate way to celebrate the American holiday Halloween!

Anam Tubten, founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation

Special GuestAnam Thubten, founder and spiritual advisor of the Dharmata Foundation in Richmond, California, will give a brief explanation of the practice.

Please note:  this practice is not for those new to Buddhism, as it requires explanation from a qualified teacher before engaging in the practice.  Please speak to your Dharma teacher for permission to practice this text.

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