MERIGAR WEST 3-6 APRIL 2015
EXPLANATION AND PRACTICE RETREAT – Chöd
led by Nina Robinson
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu taught Chöd for the first time in Subiaco, Italy in 1976, in the first retreat he gave.
For many years Chöd was included in our evening practice in all retreats.
Rinpoche has received and practiced many more and less elaborate versions of the Chöd, but he often says the very condensed version he taught us lacks nothing, so we always did it that way.
All the various versions of the Chöd come from different lineages, originating from Majig Labdron, an 11th Century yogini. Chöd practice came into being through her experience and knowledge, deriving from the essence of all the teaching she had received.
We are all afraid of something. Majig Labdron discovered and taught this method for overcoming fear.
When we ask for protection or think we need it we are afraid, we have fear. You know in the Dzogchen practice we integrate everything. When we integrate with movement, movement is no longer a problem. In the same way if we integrate with the spirits, if we integrate with the feeling of fear there are no more problems.
Majig Labdron discovered that and used that method in the Chöd. Briefly that is the principle of Chöd.
Majig Labdron said:
It is better to offer one’s body and say, ‘Take it away, and enjoy it’, one time than to ask for protection a hundred times.
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