WHAT IS HEALING CHOD?
Chod is an ancient Tibetan practice that is used for healing. Lama Lhanang says it is used, “for physical healing, mental healing, and karmic healing.” The word Chod means, to cut or to sever. It refers to severing, at the root, deep attachments and aversions that make us suffer. These can be old traumas, fears, anger, resentment, and even things we wouldn’t expect. Attachments we may at ﬁrst glance see as positive can also cause us suffering as realized when investigated more deeply. These attachments, in Chod, are called gods and aversions are called demons. Psychologically, we recognize these words at a deep emotional level which instantaneously begins process of identifying the root cause of suffering.
Chod practitioners believe it to be the most inclusive method to heal on all levels and attain enlightenment. It was popularized in Tibet in the 11th century by a female mystic named Machig Lapdron. Lama Tsultrim Allione, one of the ﬁrst ordained western and female Lamas, has pared down the original practice of Chod and made it accessible as a therapeutic modality in psychological settings to aid with illness and addiction. It is important to note that one does not need to be a Buddhist to participate in or derive beneﬁt from attending a Chod!
During a Healing Chod, the practitioner, in this case Lama Lhanang, leads the process. Participants lay down comfortably with a pillow and blanket. Lama uses ritual instruments like a drum and a bell during the Chod while he chants in Tibetan. The drum and bell are universally recognized sounds that assist in the cutting of the chod. The chants carry the great energy of the practitioner’s (Lama’s) intention to relieve the suffering of all beings. This healing intention can be sensed at a deeper level than the conscious mind so understanding the words is not important. What is important is the desire to heal.
During Lama’s upcoming visit we will have the opportunity to experience the healing of Chod in a variety of ways. There are two 2 hour Healing Chods being offered. This is what I have described above. There is one 4 hour Special Day of Healing where Lama will lead a meditation, a talk, and then a 2 hour Chod healing. For those who wish to establish a healing Chod practice at home, there is a 2 day Chod training/retreat/intensive being offered as well. If you are interested in this retreat/intensive then please read the following:
Chod practitioners employ meditation, internal questioning, chanting, presence, sound, and visualization. Demons, ie: fears, illnesses, and obstacles, are identiﬁed and personiﬁed. They are then summoned out of the body and their need for haunting us is recognized. The practitioner then goes through a visualization process by which their own body is made into an offering of this need for the demon to consume. This can place the practitioner in a complete mode of openness and surrender that allows for great shifting to occur in the body and mind. Afterwards, the unconscious and subconscious energy that constantly fed the demon before the practice can be used by the mind and body for increased vitality and freedom, turning the demon into an ally. For this training you will need to acquire a Chod drum and bell. These can be purchased online or through Ageless Acupuncture at Franklin Square.
Thank you for your interest in Lama’s teachings and in Healing Chod.
To learn more about Chod healing and the woman who popularized it, please see the following resources:
Women of Wisdom by Lama Tsultrim Allione
Feeding Your Demons by Lama Tsultrim Allione
Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod by Jerome Edou
Machik’s Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chod by Sarah Harding
Cutting Through Fear, 3 CD set Tsultrim Allione
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