Schiwa Lamsab Chod Retreat

“Heaven opening initiation” of the Chod practice according to the Schiwa Lamsab tradition

The tradition of Schiwa Lamsab/Oral Tradition of Dakini dates back to the 13th century and to Master Jamyang Gonpo, a disciple of Machig Labdrön’s son Gyälwa Thondrup.

Jamyang Gonpo himself has seen Machig Labdrön in visions several times. This lineage became a union of different masters like him, the son, as well as the grandson of Machig Labdrön and further pioneers of the Chod practice at that time.

The Venerable Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche is one of the few, if not the only, teachers worldwide to pass this lineage on. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself said that this lineage should be practiced and blossom again as it once did. Rinpoche explains the practice in the morning and in the afternoon the participants learn/practice the drumming and the old melodies of text visualization.

In the evening, the group practices this chod practice together with Lodrö Rinpoche.

Chod is a unique holistic practice system within Tibetan Buddhism, which uses meditation, visualization, sound and rhythm to train body, speech and mind simultaneously. Chod means “cutting off” the selfish, habitual thinking and behavior so that the natural openness, clarity and sensitivity of our mind can manifest itself. In Tibet, advanced chod practitioners have been able to support, heal and even fight epidemics of mental and physical illnesses. Under the direction of Lama Lodrö Rinpoche, the Ganden Chökhor Meditation Centre offers a multi-year training course on the transmission lines of Chod (Wensa, Schiwa Lamsab, Gyälthang and Tsogle).

(Beginners please contact Lama Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche:

Dependent arising

It is an extraordinary honour and joy for us to welcome the 11th Lelung Rinpoche to Ganden Chökhor. The long line goes back 690 years.

The earlier incarnations of Lelung Rinpoche, also known as Jedrung Tulkus, played an important role in the history of Tibet and especially in the development of Buddhism. The Jedrung Tulkus lineage began with the great Master-Adept Lhodrag Namkha Gyaltsen, whose direct disciples included Master Je Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelungpa School of Tibetan Buddhism.

All subsequent Lelung incarnations are recognized as manifestations of one of the three most important incarnations of Tibet (Pokyi Tulku Nam Sum). Avalokitesvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani are the three most important Bodhisattvas and Lelung Rinpoche is considered the representative incarnation of Vajrapani.

The lineage of Lelungs are very close to the Dalai Lama.

Interested in Chöd: His predecessors have written countless practice texts and commentaries – including texts from the Bhagavati single Tröma Nagmo.


The new Lama Tsongkapa cycle opens with a outstanding text

In his eulogy “To the Praise of Dependent arising”, Tsongkhapa expresses in poetic form his extraordinary appreciation that the Buddha was kind enough to teach the doctrine of dependent arising/emptiness that possesses all these extraordinary qualities.

One of Tsongkhapa’s greatest insights was his understanding that emptiness means dependent emergence and dependent emergence means emptiness. Emptiness is the complete absence of impossible ways to justify or prove the existence of something. Especially in the context of the Middle Way teaching system, the Prasangika-Madhyamaka school, emptiness means the total absence of the existence of phenomena that could be justified by anything that could be found on the side of these phenomena. The existence of something can only be established by the force of dependent emergence. (A.Berzin Archive)

The course also offers the opportunity to meditate and reflect together.

(We hope that H.E. Lelung Rinpoche will not have to travel to China at short notice during this time – the probability is very small – but he asked us to inform him of this in the announcement).