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