Cho means “to cut”, as both the path and goal is to cut away the shackles of our fixations, egocentricity and dualistic grasping. Its twin pillars are the development of unceasing generosity and compassion, and an understanding of the true nature of the selfless, unborn fabric of reality, from which we and all phenomena arise.
Chod continues to be a living tradition, with unbroken transmission of its methods and infallible results, stretching from ancient times to today’s modern masters.
Chod is a well-travelled, though steep road to full enlightenment, as well as a powerful vehicle for helping others.
The Tibetan word “chöd” means “to cut off” or “to slay.”
The traditional practice of Chöd cuts off self-cherishing and grasping at a truly existent “I.” It creates the conditions under which one can develop the mind of conventional bodhichitta, which holds others as more dear than oneself, and the mind of ultimate bodhichitta, which sees reality as it truly is.
Attributed to the great Tibetan yogini Machig Labdron, and the only practice that made its way back to India from Tibet, it is an extremely effective and quick tantric method for attaining realizations of the path to enlightenment.