Shiwa Lamsab Chöd Night Retreat

(This course does not take place online)

For seven nights the long Schiwa-Lamsab Chod is practiced intensively, four sessions nightly. In between sessions the participants practice the Wisdom Mother Prajnaparamita sadhana. The participants sleep during the day.

This ancient retreat form is in accordance with the Schiwa Lamsab tradition. Venerable Lodro Tulku Rinpoche will be present throughout the entire week and will participate in some of the sessions.

At the end of this week of intensive practice, Rinpoche will grant the initiation of Troma Nagmo, the wrathful black dakini in accordance with the Schiwa Lamsab tradition.

A pre-condition for participation in this retreat is the Chod initiation and commentary and practice in the Schiwa Lamsab tradition.

This retreat is necessary for the long one month Chöd Retreat with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche in August/September 2023 in Ganden Chökhor

Participation requiring authorisation by Lodro Tulku Rinpoche: dharma@ganden.ch

 

2nd Chod Monlam in Ganden Chökhor

Chöd – Tschö – Separation from negativity

Mönlam – Festival of Wishing Prayers

no online version possible

The focus is on the profound Chöd practice with its altruistic and healing prayers and the wish to offer the best for the benefit of all living beings and to remember the wisdom of charity – the foundation of all good human qualities.

Our Venerable Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche has lived in Switzerland for 55 years. During this time he has done a lot for his Tibetan compatriots as well as for Western people interested in Buddhism. In the Tulku lineage of the Lodrös, all six Tulkus were masters of the Chöd tradition. Today’s Lodrö Rinpoche is a rare holder of all four lineages of Chöd practiced among the Gelugpas, as well the forth linage Tsogle Chöd, which is also even prevalent among the majority of Kagyüs and Nyingmapas.

He wants to bring the Chöd Mönlam, as practised by the Gelugpas with His Holiness Khalkha Jetsün Dampa Rinpoche in Mongolia, to the West in its original sense. Intensive meditations and recitation prayers will be held daily for seven days, and Chöd practitioners as well as listeners are welcome to attend. Individual talks will be open to all. At the end Lodrö Rinoche will grant an Initiation of Gyälthang Chöd – as well as explain the practice of Buddha Amithayus.

The focus will be on the Gyältang, Wensa and the Shiva Lamsab Chöd traditions, Tsog, as well as the practices of Prajnaparamita, Tara, Vajrayogini and Trögm Nagmo.

If there is great interest, we will hold the event in a tent in the immediate vicinity of Ganden Chökhor outdoors, otherwise it will take place in the large meditation room of the centre. For active practitioners, a transmission and introduction to the chökhor practice by a qualified teacher is a prerequisite.

Prayers are dedicated to world peace, including individual sick people and people in difficult life situations, individuals, families, etc. Names are taken in the traditional Buddhist context up to 1 week before the start of the monlam in Ganden Chökhor. They will be read out and dedicated each day before the prayers. (More information to follow).

Shiwa Lamsab Chod Retreat online

Heruka Vajrasattva Initiation and Sky-opening initiation’ of the Chod practice according to the ear-whispered, peaceful dakini tradition –  Schiwa Lamsab

Complete explanation Focus on: middle Chod Text and the long Tsog Text

To conclude the course, Lodrö Rinpoche will grant the empowerment of Buddha Vajrapani according to Annutara Yoga tradition.

(Timetable below)

The tradition of the ear-whispered, peaceful dakinis, Schiwa Lamsab, goes back to the 13th century and especially to the master Jamyang Gonpo, a student of Machig Labdron’s son Gyalwa Thondrup. Jamyang Gonpo himself saw Machig Labdron several times in visions. This lineage was founded by Jamyang Gonpo and by Machig’s son and grandson, together with other pioneers of the Chod practice of the time.

Chod is a unique, holistic practice within Tibetan Buddhism using meditation, visualisation, sound and rhythm to train body, language and mind at the same time. Chod means to sever selfish, habitual thinking and behaviour, so that the natural openness, clarity and sensitivity of our mind can manifest.

Lodro Tulku Rinpoche is one of the few qualified teachers in the world who can transmit this lineage. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself said that this lineage should be practiced so it can flourish again as it once did.

In the morning Rinpoche will give explanations on the practice and in the afternoon, participants will practice the drumming, the original dakini melodies, and the visualisations. Each evening, the group will practice the Schiwa Lamsab Chod together with Lodro Rinpoche.

In the Ganden Chokhor meditation centre, under the direction of Lama Lodro Rinpoche, multi-year training courses in the various transmission lineages of Chod (Wensa, Schiwa Lamsab, Gyalthang and Tsogle) are offered.

Conditions for new students:

If you have already received an initiation into anuttarayoga tantra such as Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, Vajravarahi, Simhamukha, Kalachakra or similar:
In this case, you only need the permission of Lodro Tulku Rinpoche to participate.

Please send us a short statement when you received the initiation and from whom. If you have a teacher, then it would be good to know if he or she supports your participation in the Chod retreat. You can inform us either per e-mail or telephone and we will pass on this information to Rinpoche. We will let you know his answer as soon as possible.

Physical and mental stability are important prerequisites for this retreat.

If you do not have an initiation into anuttarayoga tantra:

Anuttarayoga tantra is highest, most profound tantra class and Chod belongs to this class. In order to receive maximum benefit from the practice, the following preparatory steps are advisable.

One of the initial steps is, to receive a Kriyayoga tantra initiation and practicing the sadhana – a recited meditation practice.

Physical and mental stability are required.

The following requirements apply to attending a Anuttara Yogatantra initiation for the first time:

  • Knowledge about Lamrim (Introduction by a competent teacher or studying with books)
  • Taking the Bodhisattva Vows and the Tantra Vows (part of the initiation)
  • Permission from Lodro Tulku Rinpoche (applies to all Annutarayoga initiations by Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche for new students)

If you want to practice Chod in its classic form with all the benefits, committments are part of it. These are largely a matter of habit and can best be compared with the daily practice of a musician. The Chod Meditation is a wonderful and extremely powerful method.
Please let us know whether you already meet the requirements. Otherwise we will be happy to advise you on how to proceed.

If you are a beginner of chod or new in our sangha, please contact Lodro Tulku Rinpoche: dharma@ganden.ch)

 

Timetable of the Shiva Lamsab course from

29 April to 7 May 2022

 

29 April 2022 Friday

Initiation Heruka Vajrasattva  with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche              7.30 –  9 pm

European/Swiss Time)

 

30 April 2022 Saturday

Chöd Sky-opening Initiation with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                      9.30 – 11 am 

Chöd practice introduction – singing and drum technique *                  2.00 – 2.45 pm

Chöd Shiva Lamsab – singing practice *                                                     3.00 – 4.00 pm

 

1 – 6 May 2022  Sunday – Friday*

Chöd Commentary* with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                                 6.45 – 8.15 am

Chöd practice introduction – singing and drum technique *                  2.00 – 2.45 pm

Chöd Shiva Lamsab – singing practice *                                                     3.00 – 4.00 pm

Chöd practice together with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                               7.30 – 9.15 pm

(*special – Thuesday 3 May 2022 free day no teachings with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche and no practice in the evening – practice group singing and drum technique available
at 2-2.45 pm) 

 

7. May 2021 Saturday

Initiation of Buddha Vajrapani (Annutarayoga)  with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche 9.30 – 11.30 am Swiss/Time

 

Download von Audios and a Video for practice

After the corse all students can download the Audios of the Commentary as well as a Video of the Chod practice

(only for personal use)

 

 

Registration for the online course

Registration closes on April 21st 2022

Apply for streaming access:



Association membership
You are not registered as a member of the association on your website. Become a member to support us and recieve a reduction on your contribution to the streaming costs. Or contact us at stream@ganden.ch if you already are a member (Streaming contribution regular: CHF 300, contribution as a member of our association: CHF 250).

COVID-19 pandemic
The association Ganden Chökhor is facing an existential challenge due to the loss of overnight income during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, many members of the Sangha are also facing great financial problems. People who cannot afford the full course fee due to the COVID-19 pandemic can contact corona@ganden.ch before course registration. A reduction of the course fee including Dana of 50% of the full price can be arranged. (CHF 150 for the current course)

Event sponsoring
Better situated participants now have the opportunity to support the event as event sponsors. The Ganden Chökhor Association would like to thank all sponsors and helpers who make it possible for us to continue to run the center and to have digital access to Lodro Rinpoche's teachings in these difficult times! Further information...

Please Login or register to participate

Schiwa Lamsab Chod practise/deepening – online

‘Sky-opening initiation’ of the Chod practice according to the ear-whispered, peaceful dakini tradition –  Schiwa Lamsab

The tradition of the ear-whispered, peaceful dakinis, Schiwa Lamsab, goes back to the 13th century and especially to the master Jamyang Gonpo, a student of Machig Labdron’s son Gyalwa Thondrup. Jamyang Gonpo himself saw Machig Labdron several times in visions. This lineage was founded by Jamyang Gonpo and by Machig’s son and grandson, together with other pioneers of the Chod practice of the time.

Chod is a unique, holistic practice within Tibetan Buddhism using meditation, visualisation, sound and rhythm to train body, language and mind at the same time. Chod means to sever selfish, habitual thinking and behaviour, so that the natural openness, clarity and sensitivity of our mind can manifest.

Lodro Tulku Rinpoche is one of the few qualified teachers in the world who can transmit this lineage. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself said that this lineage should be practiced so it can flourish again as it once did.

In the morning Rinpoche will give explanations on the practice and in the afternoon, participants will practice the drumming, the original dakini melodies, and the visualisations. Each evening, the group will practice the Schiwa Lamsab Chod together with Lodro Rinpoche.

In the Ganden Chokhor meditation centre, under the direction of Lama Lodro Rinpoche, multi-year training courses in the various transmission lineages of Chod (Wensa, Schiwa Lamsab, Gyalthang and Tsogle) are offered.

Conditions for new students:

If you have already received an initiation into anuttarayoga tantra such as Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, Vajravarahi, Simhamukha, Kalachakra or similar:
In this case, you only need the permission of Lodro Tulku Rinpoche to participate.

Please send us a short statement when you received the initiation and from whom. If you have a teacher, then it would be good to know if he or she supports your participation in the Chod retreat. You can inform us either per e-mail or telephone and we will pass on this information to Rinpoche. We will let you know his answer as soon as possible.

Physical and mental stability are important prerequisites for this retreat.

If you do not have an initiation into anuttarayoga tantra:

Anuttarayoga tantra is highest, most profound tantra class and Chod belongs to this class. In order to receive maximum benefit from the practice, the following preparatory steps are advisable.

One of the initial steps is, to receive a Kriyayoga tantra initiation and practicing the sadhana – a recited meditation practice.

Physical and mental stability are required.

The following requirements apply to attending a Anuttara Yogatantra initiation for the first time:

  • Knowledge about Lamrim (Introduction by a competent teacher or studying with books)
  • Taking the Bodhisattva Vows and the Tantra Vows (part of the initiation)
  • Permission from Lodro Tulku Rinpoche (applies to all Annutarayoga initiations by Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche for new students)

If you want to practice Chod in its classic form with all the benefits, committments are part of it. These are largely a matter of habit and can best be compared with the daily practice of a musician. The Chod Meditation is a wonderful and extremely powerful method.
Please let us know whether you already meet the requirements. Otherwise we will be happy to advise you on how to proceed.
If you are a beginner of chod or new in our sangha, please contact Lama Lodro Tulku Rinpoche: dharma@ganden.ch)

Timetable of the Shiva Lamsab course from

27th August to 4th of September 2021

27. 8 . 2021 Friday

Initiation Heruka Vajrasattva  with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche              7.30 –  9 pm

European/Swiss Time)

 

28. August. 2021 Saturday

Chöd Sky-opening Initiation with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                      9.30 – 11 am 

Chöd practice introduction – singing and drum technique *                  2  –  2.45 pm

 

 

29. August. – 3. September 2021  – Friday*

Chöd Commentary* with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                                 6.30 – 8.30 am

Chöd practice introduction – singing and drum technique *                  1.00 – 1.45 pm

Chöd Shiva Lamsab – singing practice *                                                     2 pm – 3.45 pm

Chöd practice together with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                               7.30pm – 9.15 pm

(*special – Thuesday 31.08.2021 free day no teachings with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche and no practice in the evening – practice group singing and drum technique available at 1-1.45 pm)
(Rinpoche might also offer a shorter Shiwa Lamsab Session (short Text 30 Min) in the evening – we will inform after teaching in the morning) 

 

4. September 2021 Saturday

Initiation of Lion headed Dakini Simhamukkha with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche 9.30 – 11.30 am Swiss/Time

 

Registration for the online course

Registration deadline: 19th August 2021

Apply for streaming access:



Association membership
You are not registered as a member of the association on your website. Become a member to support us and recieve a reduction on your contribution to the streaming costs. Or contact us at stream@ganden.ch if you already are a member (Streaming contribution regular: CHF 300, contribution as a member of our association: CHF 250).

COVID-19 pandemic
The association Ganden Chökhor is facing an existential challenge due to the loss of overnight income during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, many members of the Sangha are also facing great financial problems. People who cannot afford the full course fee due to the COVID-19 pandemic can contact corona@ganden.ch before course registration. A reduction of the course fee including Dana of 50% of the full price can be arranged. (CHF 150 for the current course)

Event sponsoring
Better situated participants now have the opportunity to support the event as event sponsors. The Ganden Chökhor Association would like to thank all sponsors and helpers who make it possible for us to continue to run the center and to have digital access to Lodro Rinpoche's teachings in these difficult times! Further information...

Please Login or register to participate

Chöd – Whispered and peaceful Dakini tradition – Shiwa Lamsab online

‘sky-opening initiation’ and commentary of the Chod practice according to the ear-whispered, peaceful dakini tradition –  Shiwa Lamsab and as the final of the course an Initiation of Buddha Vajarasattwa

(further Interested students can also individualy register for the Vajrasattwa Initiation)

The tradition of the ear-whispered, peaceful dakinis, Schiwa Lamsab, goes back to the 13th century and especially to the master Jamyang Gonpo, a student of Machig Labdron’s son Gyalwa Thondrup. Jamyang Gonpo himself saw Machig Labdron several times in visions. This lineage was founded by Jamyang Gonpo and by Machig’s son and grandson, together with other pioneers of the Chod practice of the time.

Chod is a unique, holistic practice within Tibetan Buddhism using meditation, visualisation, sound and rhythm to train body, language and mind at the same time. Chod means to sever selfish, habitual thinking and behaviour, so that the natural openness, clarity and sensitivity of our mind can manifest.

Lodro Tulku Rinpoche is one of the few qualified teachers in the world who can transmit this lineage. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself said that this lineage should be practiced so it can flourish again as it once did.

In the morning Rinpoche will give explanations on the practice and in the afternoon, participants will practice the drumming, the original dakini melodies, and the visualisations. Each evening, the group will practice the Schiwa Lamsab Chod together with Lodro Rinpoche.

In the Ganden Chokhor meditation centre, under the direction of Lama Lodro Rinpoche, multi-year training courses in the various transmission lineages of Chod (Wensa, Schiwa Lamsab, Gyalthang and Tsogle) are offered.

During this online teaching (Lodro Rinpoche will be at his home residence – at Samdup Dolma Ling – near Zürich).

 

Conditions for new students:

If you have already received an initiation into anuttarayoga tantra such as Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, Vajravarahi, Simhamukha, Kalachakra or similar:
In this case, you only need the permission of Lodro Tulku Rinpoche to participate.

Please send us a short statement when you received the initiation and from whom. If you have a teacher, then it would be good to know if he or she supports your participation in the Chod retreat. You can inform us either per e-mail or telephone and we will pass on this information to Rinpoche. We will let you know his answer as soon as possible.

Physical and mental stability are important prerequisites for this retreat.

If you do not have an initiation into anuttarayoga tantra:

Anuttarayoga tantra is highest, most profound tantra class and Chod belongs to this class. In order to receive maximum benefit from the practice, the following preparatory steps are advisable.

One of the initial steps is, to receive a Kriyayoga tantra initiation and practicing the sadhana – a recited meditation practice.

Physical and mental stability are required.

The following requirements apply to attending a Anuttara Yogatantra initiation for the first time:

  • Knowledge about Lamrim (Introduction by a competent teacher or studying with books)
  • Taking the Bodhisattva Vows and the Tantra Vows (part of the initiation)
  • Permission from Lodro Tulku Rinpoche (applies to all Annutarayoga initiations by Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche for new students)

If you want to practice Chod in its classic form with all the benefits, committments are part of it. These are largely a matter of habit and can best be compared with the daily practice of a musician. The Chod Meditation is a wonderful and extremely powerful method.
Please let us know whether you already meet the requirements. Otherwise we will be happy to advise you on how to proceed.
If you are a beginner of chod or new in our sangha, please contact Lama Lodro Tulku Rinpoche: dharma@ganden.ch)

General Information about the online course:

As we work with Vimeo Video Technique – Recordings can be seen by students of the course individually any time  – up to Sunday 4. July 2021, 8 pm (CEST)

Please notice: the 3 initiations stay 12 h after the recording and will be removed so all students of different time zones can participate and see it.

Timetable of the Shiva Lamsab course 18 – 26. June 2021

18. 6. 2021 Friday

Initiation Heruka Chakrasamvara Sahara (single) with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche              7.30 –  9 pm

European/Swiss Time)

 

19. 6. 2021 Saturday

Chöd Sky-opening Initiation with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                      9.30 – 11 am 

Chöd practice introduction – singing and drum technique *                   1  – 1.45 pm

Chöd singing practice *                                                                                   2  –  3  pm

 

20. 6. – 25. 2021  – Friday*

Chöd Commentary* with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                                 6.30 – 8.30 am

Chöd practice introduction – singing and drum technique *                  1.00 – 1.45 pm

Chöd Shiva Lamsab – singing practice *                                                     2 pm – 3 pm

Chöd practice together with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche                               7.30pm – 8.30pm

 

(*special – Thuesday 22.6. 2020 free day no teachings with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche and no practice in the evening – practice group singing and drum technique available at 1-1.45 pm)

 

26. 6. 2021 Saturday

Initiation of Buddha Vajrasattwa single (Kryiatantra) with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche 9.30 – 11.30 am Swiss/Time

(Students in from Chöd Retreat is the event included  – as it is part of the Chöd course)

 

Further interested Students – that do not visit the Chöd course can register individually for the Vajrasattwa Initation on the website

 

(*Introduction singing and drum chöd technique and practicing Chöd in the afternoon with Natasha)

 

 

Material

Text Material and as well as Fotos will be prepared to download for students – as they are needed

 

Download Audios and a Video after the course

After the corse the students are able to download the teachings as Audio as well as a Video to practice

 

 

Deepening Chod introduction to the Wensa Chod Lineage – is carried out via live stream and a group of practitioners in Ganden Chökhor

“Teaching of Chöd – Door to liberation” by Master Thukan Lobsang Chökyi Nyima

Continuation and deepening of the Wensa Chöd practice Venerable Lodrö Rinpoche has never commented on this uniquely beautiful text by Master Thukän Lobsang Chökyi Nima – also beginners can follow.

We are all looking forward to this extraordinary opportunity to deepen the topic. Lodrö Rinpoche will offer this course online from his home near Zurich.

A group will follow the lifestream together on site in Ganden Chökhor and will be able to practice together with longtime, experienced and close students from Rinpoche in the afternoon. In the evening there will be a “shared” Live Stream Chöd with Rinpoche and the group as usual.

Course of the retreat

28. 8. 2020 Friday

Evening initiation Heruka Chakrasamvara Sahara with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche  7.30pm – approx. 9pm

 

29. 8. 2020 Saturday

Chöd Sky-opening Inauguration with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche  09.30 – 11.00 am

Chöd practice introduction – singing and drum technique * 2.00 – 2.45 p.m.

Chöd singing practice * 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

 

30. 8. – 4. 9. 2020 Sunday – Friday

Chöd Lecture with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche  9.30am – 11.30 am

Chöd practice introduction – singing and drum technique * 2.00 – 2.45 p.m.

Chöd singing practice * 3pm – 4.30pm

Chöd singing with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche 7.30pm – 9pm

 

(special – September 1, 2020 Tuesday afternoon free)

 

5. 9. 2020 Saturday

Inauguration of the Medicine Buddha with Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche 09.30 – 11.30 am

 

(*Introduction singing and drum chöd technique and practicing Chöd in the afternoon with Natascha)

 

The Wensa Chöd practice is from the collection of Manjushri, after a secret practice of Lama Tsongkhapa. She was transferred by Lama Tsongkhapa, with a few masters in between, to the great master Gyelwa Ensapa Losang Döndrup, the 1st Panchen Rinpoche, and was called Wensa Chöd.

Chöd is a unique holistic training system within Tibetan Buddhism that simultaneously trains body, language and mind through meditation, visualization, sound and rhythm. Chöd means cutting off selfish, habitual thinking and behavior so that the natural openness, clarity, and sensitivity of our mind can manifest.

The great teachings of the Chöd go back directly to Buddha Shakyamuni and is therefore based on, the Buddhist philosopy, the Lam Rim / graded path to enlightenment, the Middle Way, Mahamudra or Dzogchen.

Lodrö Rinpoche gives explanations of the practice in the morning and in the afternoon, the participants learn / practice the drumming and the old melodies of the text visualization. In the evening, the group practices Chöd together with Rinpoche.

In Tibet, advanced Chöd practitioners were able to support healing processes, support the fight of epidemics, mental and physical illnesses.

In the meditation center Ganden Chökhor, under the direction of Venerable Lama Lodrö Rinpoche, a multi-year training course on different transmission lines of the Chöd (Wensa, Shiva Lamsab and Gyälthang and Tsogle Chöd) is offered.

Chod introduction to the Wensa Chod Lineage – is carried out via live stream

The Wensa Chöd practice is from the collection of Manjushri, after a very secret practice of Lama Tsongkhapa. She was transferred by Lama Tsongkhapa, with a few masters in between, to the great master Gyelwa Ensapa Losang Döndrup, the 1st Panchen Rinpoche, and was called Wensa Chöd.

Chöd is a unique holistic training system within Tibetan Buddhism that simultaneously trains body, language and mind through meditation, visualization, sound and rhythm. Chöd means cutting off selfish, habitual thinking and behavior so that the natural openness, clarity, and sensitivity of our mind can manifest.

The great teachings of the Chöd go back directly to Buddha Shakyamuni and is therefore based on, the Buddhist philosopy, the Lam Rim / graded path to enlightenment, the Middle Way, Mahamudra or Dzogchen.

Lodrö Rinpoche gives explanations of the practice in the morning and in the afternoon, the participants learn / practice the drumming and the old melodies of the text visualization. In the evening, the group practices Chöd together with Rinpoche.

In Tibet, advanced Chöd practitioners were able to heal, and even fight epidemics, mental and physical illnesses.

In the meditation center Ganden Chökhor, under the direction of Venerable Lama Lodrö Rinpoche, a multi-year training course on different transmission lines of the Chöd (Wensa, Shiva Lamsab and Gyälthang and Tsogle Chöd) is offered.

 

The registration process is closed.

Tsogle Chod Retreat

For the second time Lodrö Rinpoche explains the Tsogle practice in a Chöd retreat. The current Lodrö Rinpoche (6th Tulku) will comment more deeply on the text of his predecessor Lodrö Jampa Temple, the 3rd Lodrö Tulku from the 19th century. It is a shorter practice version – which lasts about 1.5 – 2 hours if you practice it. (Normally a Tsogle Chöd practice takes about 3-6 hours or longer). The text is based on the text of the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje.

The Tsogle Chöd practice is practiced mainly by the Kagyüpas, the Nyingmapas, but also by the Gelugpas. It goes back through the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje from the 13th/14th century, to Machig Labdrön, who lived in the 10th/11th century. The Lodrö lineage has a close connection with the Tsogle Chöd from the past.

We are very pleased that Lodrö Rinpoche has agreed to translate the text of his predecessor into German/English for us and to comment on it completely for interested Chöd practitioners.

Chöd is a unique holistic practice system within Tibetan Buddhism that trains body, speech and mind simultaneously through meditation, visualization, sound and rhythm. Chöd means: cutting off the egoistic, habitual thinking and behaviour, so that natural openness, clarity and sensitivity of our mind can manifest itself.

The great teaching of the Chöd goes back directly to Buddha Shakyamuni and is therefore based on the Buddhist philosophy, the Lam Rim/step path to enlightenment, the Middle Way, the Mahamuda or the Dzogchen.

In the morning Lodrö Rinpoche gives explanations on the practice and in the afternoon the participants learn/practice the drumming and the old melodies of text visualization. In the evening the group practices choral practice together with Rinpoche.

In Tibet, advanced chöd practitioners were able to support mentally and physically ill people, heal them and even fight epidemics.

In the meditation center Ganden Chökhor a training course of several years to the transmission lines of the Chöd (Wensa, Schiwa Lamsab and Gyälthang- and Tsogle Chöd) is offered under the direction of the venerable Lama Lodrö Rinpoche.

(Beginners/inside please with Lama Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche arrange: dharma@ganden.ch)

Friday evening: Initiation of white Heruka Chakrasamvara (long life practice)

Saturday morning: Initiation Tsogle Chöd

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: dharma@ganden.ch)