The Bon Chod Practice “Laughter of the Dakinis”

Pittsburgh, PA with the 7th Kundrol Rinpoche and Tempa Dukte Lama
Public Talk, Friday January 15, 7-9pm
Weekend Retreat: Saturday January 16 9am-5pm and Sunday January 17 10am-1pm

Join us for this special Retreat. The 7th Kundrol Rinpoche and Tempa Lama will teach the Chod practice Laughter of the Dakinis. This version of Chod was composed by the great Bon Dzogchen Master Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen who achieved the rainbow body in 1934.

Chod is an ancient and powerful Tibetan practice. Chod means to cut through. This practice helps us develop the wisdom that ultimately cuts through the four fears or four demons that afflict individuals and cause our suffering:
  • our grasping of the ego
  • our attachment to our physical body and the four aggregates of form, feelings, mental formations, and consciousness
  • our afflicted emotions and habits and
  • our fear of our mortality and our attachment to our continuation as a permanent and independently existing entity.

The Friday evening Public Talk will give an introduction to Chod practice. This talk and the following sessions will familiarize participants with the history of this practice and its transmission through Master Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, its place in the Bon tradition, the ways it was traditionally practiced, and its relevance in today’s world.

On Saturday and Sunday there will be alternating periods of detailed instruction and guided practice, including the specific chanting, visualizations of the invoked dakinis, and accompanying drum and bell practice.

Participants will receive a booklet with the practice text. Traditional Tibetan hand-drums (Damarus) handmade in Nepal will be available for sale.

Please register early to support us in planning for this retreat. Requested donation for the Retreat including the talk on Friday: $100 (Olmo Ling members), $125 (non-members). Suggested donation for the talk only: $10. To benefit from the membership discount, please pay by check or call us to pay by credit card. If you are unable to pay the full fee and would like to request a scholarship, please send an email or call Iris at 412 904 1112.

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