On August 18, 2014 at Padma Samye Ling, Venerable Khenpo Rinpoche taught the essential meaning of Chod Practice to everyone gathered for the 2014 Chod Vajrayana Ritual Retreat.
"By the power of the four causes, a bodhisattva will become so strong. Such a bodhisattva cannot be defeated by the four demons."
The Four Powers of Chod Practice are:
3. Maintaining Your Commitments Exactly as you Promised
4. Receiving the Blessings of the Buddhas by Your Devotion
The Four Demons are:
1. Tangible Demons
2. Intangible Demons
3. Excitement Demons
"All the four demons come down to the one demon of grasping."
Chod is a special Vajrayana practice that removes suffering instantly by targeting our most sensitive delusions and immediately cutting through all types of attachment and ego-clinging without any hesitation, hope or fear.
From August 19-21, Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche taught us the history, lineage, & meaning of Chod, as well as imparted heart advice & pith instructions on the actual practice according to the terma of "The Bellowing Laugh of the Dakini" revealed by the great terton Jigme Lingpa.
During this retreat we learned and practiced various elements of the ceremony together, including: Chod lineage melodies and chants performed by the nuns at the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches’ nunnery in India, drumming, and using bells and dorjes. We also watched special Chod films of the PBC nuns practicing the Tsasum Lingpa Chod in India, as well as the nuns at Nagi Gompa in Nepal performing a Chod dance.