Bon Chod Practice Retreat: The Laughter of the Dakinis

With Tempa Dukte Lama, March 16-18, 2018
Friday March 16, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday March 17, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday March 18, 10am-1pm

Olmo Ling Bon Center & Institute, Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Tempa Lama is offering this special retreat at the request of the community as an opportunity to learn the Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is practiced weekly on Saturday mornings at Olmo Ling. ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ is a powerful Bon practice that combines chanting accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

Chod means to cut through. This unique practice with its melodious chant and visualization involves our whole being to help us develop the wisdom that can cut through the four fears or demons that afflict us and cause suffering:

  • Our grasping of the ego
  • Our attachment to our physical body and the five aggregates of form, feelings, perception, mental formations, and consciousness
  • Our afflicted emotions and habits and
  • Our fear of mortality and our attachment to our continuation as a permanent and independently existing entity.

The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ was composed by the great Bon Dzogchen Master Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen who achieved the rainbow body in 1934. The Retreat will combine detailed instruction and guided practice. No previous familiarity with Chod is needed. A limited number of traditional Tibetan hand-drums (Damarus) handmade in Nepal will be available for sale at the retreat.


Retreat costs: Olmo Ling members: $95, non-members: $108 (couple-rate available). Join us as a member to receive a 10% discount on Retreats at Olmo Ling.

No one will be turned away from our offerings for lack of funds. Please contact our office early to ask for a scholarship or work-exchange arrangement.

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