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Before you perform the following Sadhana in text and sound as a meditation, here follows first a video that shows in text and sound how the practice is performed. In the video the Tibetan lyrics are burned in (to sing along), in addition there are English subtitles.

 

 

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Chöd Sadhana

Ninefold purification breathing

Bring your attention to the middle of your body where the three channels are. These are more open. Be aware of this openness and continue to focus your attention on this openness.

 

Below the navel to the crown, this part of your body is more open and shining. Be aware that this is like a being of light. (45 Sek)

 

Introduction

I prostrate to the Vidyādhara and Dakini.
In order to practice the Siddhis and mental conduct of the Dakinis,
The wheel of the feast of the illusory body is turned.

 

Begin by going to a fearful place and taming the land.
The yogi who realizes the equality of Samsara and Nirvana
Sings the song and dances the dance of playful primordial wisdom.

 

Together with the sounds of the drum and bell,
The inseparability of method and wisdom,
The yogi chants the following words which spontaneously emerge from the state of selflessness:

 

 

Performing the dance

Here we begin the practice with the «Performing the dance of the non-dual view». Sitting down, we practice understanding that deities and demons are mere creations of our mind, so there is no reason to fear them. Supported by this understanding, combined with our own power and energy, we blow a Kangling (thighbone trumpet) to summon all the spirits and invite them to the feast. With the help of the Damaru and the bell, we dance in the state of non-duality of emptiness on the head from demon of the pursuit of our mistaken belief in an existing identity or one self.

 

Even though so-called gods and demons appear here
DI NA LHA TANG DRÉ ZHÉ NANG WA YANG

 

They were never separated from the vastness of the Great Mother’s Bhaga
YUM CHEN BA GÉ LONG NÉ ZHEN MA GYÉ

 

The unceasing dynamic energy of the base which transforms into the dance of natural appearance
ZHI TSEL GAK MÉ RANG NANG GAR GYUR WÉ

 

Disappears into the state of non-dual primordial wisdom.
NYI MÉ YÉ SHÉ NGANG DU YA LA LA

 

 

Dancing upon the heads of these wild demons of dualistic-grasping,
NYI DZIN DRÉ GÖ GO LA DRO ZHIK DUNG

 

I break to bits the aggregates of the ghost of self-grasping
DAK DZIN GONG PÖ PHUNG PO SHIK SÉ SHIK

 

A song of authentic selflessness is expelled into space, and
DAK MÉ NYUK MÉ LU YANG YING SU TEN

 

A dance of illusion, lacking any true existence, is performed in the sky.
DEN MÉ GYU MÉ DRO GAR KA LA TRAB

 

 

Through a lion-roar of emptiness this yogi
NEL JOR TONG NYI KA NGÉ NGAR KÉ DI

 

Shatters the skulls of male and female foxspirits and Gyel and Gong demons.
GYAL GONG WA KYÉ PHO MÖ LÉ GEM SHING

 

Through this great dance of the play of primordial wisdom and great bliss
DÉ CHEN YÉ SHÉ ROL PÉ DRO CHEN GYI

 

I smash to dust afflictions and dualistic self-grasping.
NGA DAK ZUNG DZIN NYON MONG DUL DU LOK

 

HUNG HUNG HUNG PHAT PHAT PHAT

 

 

(The Gyal and Gong are among the eight classes of disabling ghosts. They are like the foxes, though not in appearance, but their minds are weak, so they are easily intimidated. So the mind of the yogi scares them like a lion a fox.)

 

 

Take Refuge

 

Satrik Ersang, auch Sherab Chamma genanntSatrig Ersang

 

At the Refuge, we take refuge in the Great Mother Satrik Ersang, the emptiness from which everything arises, and ask her to embrace all sentient beings with their protection.

 

O Mother Satrik, you are the uncontrived base, the great emptiness.
ZHI MA CHÖ TONG CHEN SA TRIK YUM

 

In the vast space of the Great Mother I go for refuge.
MA YUM CHEN LONG LA KYAP SU CHI

 

O Mother, please regard with compassion all gods and demons of this wild place, as well as
MA NYEN SÉ LHAN DRÉ RIK DRUK DRO

 

My mothers, the sentient beings of the six migrations.
MA KYÉ KYI TUK JÉ ZUNG DU SOL

 

PHAT

 

 

Development of the Mind of Enlightenment (Bodhichitta)

In Developing the Mind of Enlightenment, we call for the help of Satrik Ersang to liberate ourselves and all so-called gods and demons from the delusion of duality that is the cause of harm to others.

 

Through innate delusion, unknowing, and dualistic grasping,
RANG TRUL PA MA SHÉ NYI DZIN GYI

 

These demons have caused harm to all other sentient beings.
ZHEN SEM JEN YONG LA NÖ CHÉ DRÉ

 

Now, having realized the aim of the mind of enlightenment,
DA JANG CHUP SEM GYI DON TOK NÉ

 

May these beings be liberated in to the state of the primordially pure space.
YING KA DAK NGANG DU DROL GYUR CHIK

 

PHAT

 

 

Prayer to the Khandros

With the Prayer to the Khandros, we connect with the female deities and invoke their power to tame the evil spirits and lead them to liberation.

 

EMAHO! How marvelous!
E MA HO!

 

I pray to the Bönku, Kuntu Zangmo.
BÖN KU KUNTU ZANGMO LA SOL WA DEB

 

I pray to the Dzogku, Sherab Parchin.
DZOK KU SHERAB PARCHIN LA SOL WA DEB

 

I pray to the Great Mother Kyema Ötso.
YUM CHEN CHEMA ÖTSO LA SOL WA DEB

 

 

I pray to the Dakini Kalpa Zangmo.
KHANDRO KALPA ZANGMO LA SOL WA DEB

 

I pray to the Dakini Tugje Köndrol.
KHANDRO THUKJÉ KUNDROL LA SOL WA DEB

 

I pray to the Dakini Öden Nibar.
KHANDRO ÖDEN NYIBAR LA SOL WA DEB

 

I pray to the Dakini Khandro Sippe Gyalmo.
KHANDRO SIDPÉ GYALMO LA SOL WA DEB

 

 

I pray to the white peaceful Dakini
ZHI WÉ KHAN DRO KAR MO LA SOL WA DEB

 

I pray to the green increasing Dakini.
GYÉ PÉ KHAN DRO JANG MO LA SOL WA DEB.

 

I pray to the red powerful Dakini.
WANG GI KHAN DRO MAR MO LA SOL WA DEB

 

I pray to the blue wrathful Dakini.
DRAK PÖ KHAN DRO NGON MO LA SOL WA DEB

 

 

I pray to the four classes of terrifying gatekeeper goddesses.
JIG CHÉ GO MA DÉ ZHI LA SOL WA DEB

 

I pray to my kind root master.
DRIN CHEN TSA WÉ LA MA LA SOL WA DEB

 

 

May the pouring out of the dynamic energy of the compassionate mind of these hosts of mothers
MA TSOK TUK JÉ GONG PÉ TSEL CHUNG LA

 

Control the gods and demons of these untamed wild places,
MA TUL NYEN SÉ LHAN DRÉ WANG DU DU

 

Suppress the gods and demons of these unsuitable wild places,
MA RUNG NYEN SÉ LHAN DRÉ ZIL GYI NON

 

Guide all the unrealized sentient beings of the three worlds into the basic space.
MA TOK KHAM SUM SEM JEN YING SU DRONG

 

Having mixed in one heap with the one mother, the expanse of basic space,
MA CHIK KA YING TSOM BU CHIK DRÉ NÉ

 

May all beings achieve perfect Buddhahood!
MA LU DZOK PÉ SANG GYÉ SA TOB SHOK

 

May all beings achieve perfect Buddhahood!
MA LU DZOK PÉ SANG GYÉ SA TOB SHOK

 

PHAT

 

 

Sacrifice the Body

 

Orange Dakini Kalzang MaKalzang Ma

 

In performing the main part of the practice, the Offering of the body, we eject the sound PHAT and bring our consciousness up through the central channel to the crown chakra. With a second PHAT our consciousness is brought to the red-orange Khandro Kalzang Ma, standing in the dance posture and adorned with bone ornaments. Our former body becomes a corpse. As Kalzang Ma, we offer this corpse representing our ego in two festivals or banquets, a white feast and a red feast.

 

My unborn mind casts aside this body and self-grasping,
LU DAK DZIN BOR WÉ GYÉ MÉ SEM

 

And is expelled into the sky through the path of the central channel. TSA Ü MÉ LAM NÉ KHA LÉ TON

 

PHAT

 

I arise as Kalzang Ma, destroyer of the Maras of the afflictions,
NYON MONG GYI DU CHOM KALZANG MA

 

Dancing and with by body adorned by six multicolored ornaments.
KU GYEN DRUG TRA LÉ GAR GYI ZHENG

 

PHAT

 

(The six ornaments are: a five-skull diadem, earrings, necklace, bracelets and anklets, sash and waistband, all made of bones and skulls.)

 

 

White Feast

Beginning with the White Feast, as Kalzang Ma, we separate the skull with the curved knife in the right hand, chop the corps to pieces and place the flesh, blood and bones inside the skull, which becomes a cauldron (Kapala). A short A, red in color, emanates from our heart, from which a fire arises. Externally, the fire melts all the elements of the physical body that becomes nectar. Internally, as Khandro, we have the feeling that the fire from the red A melts the upturned white HAM that is at the top of our head. The resulting melted nectar fills heaven and earth. Now we bring this offer to the four types of guests. These guests are the jewels of refuge (enlightened beings), the secular protectors, the eight classes of disabling spirits, and the beings of the six realms of existence. Having pleased the enlightened beings with it, we complete the two accumulations of merit and wisdom; the pleased protectors keep their promises to protect the teachings and their practitioners; the satisfied disabling spirits are pacified and the debts that we had to all beings of the six domains have been repaid.

 

With the curved knife in my right hand, I liberate the Maras of my aggregates.
YÉ DRI GUG GI PUNG PO DU PO DREL

 

I cut off the head of my Mara of pride. The severed skull
DÜD NYEM CHÉ GO CHÉ TÖ PA DREK

 

Is planted on a tripod of the threethousandfold universe.
TONG SUM GYI KHA LA ZANG SU TSUK

 

The physical aggregates of my abandoned body are placed into the vessel.
ZUG PUNG PO NÖ DU LING GYI ZHAK

 

 

From the treasure of my secret mind emanates a short A,
TUK SANG WÉ DZÖ NÉ TRÖ PA YI

 

Whose fire melts the form aggregate in the vessel.
A TUNG GI MÉ YI ZUG PUNG ZHU

 

The bodies aggregates melt down into nectar.
LU PUNG KHAM DÜD TSIR NAR GYI ZHU

 

Through the dripping of the refined nectar from A and HAM,
A HAM LÉ DÜD TSI ZHUN TIK KYI

 

This nectar possessing one hundred flavors fills the earth and sky.
RO GYA DEN DÜD TSI NAM SAR KHENG

 

This nectar possessing one hundred flavors fills the earth and sky.
RO GYA DEN DÜD TSI NAM SAR KHENG

 

PHAT

 

To the source of refuge, the three precious jewels, I make this offering.
KYAB KÖN CHOK DRÖN LA CHÖ PA BUL

 

To the hosts of protectors of scripture and teachings, accept this offering and be pleased.
KA TEN SUNG TSOK GYI GYÉ PAR ZHÉ

 

To the eight classes of obstructing beings and elementals, enjoy this offering and be satisfied.
GEK JUNG PO DÉ GYÉ NGOM PAR ROL

 

To our mothers, beings of the six migrations, enjoy this offering and be sated.
MA RIK DRUG DRO NAM TSIM PAR CHÖ

 

PHAT

 

Through pleasing the gods and guests of this offering the two accumulations are perfected.
LHA CHÖ DRON NYE NÉ TSOK NYI DZOK

 

Having delighted the protectors of the teachings of Bön, may they accomplish what I have requested.
BÖN TEN KYONG GYÉ NÉ LÉ CHOL DRUB

 

May all harm and adversity caused by malevolent male and female demons be pacified,
DON PO MÖ DUG SEM NO GAL ZHI

 

And through satisfying the desires of our mothers of the six migrations, may all karmic debts be taken away.
MA RIK DRUG DÖD TSIM LEN CHAG KHER

 

PHAT PHAT PHAT

 

 

Red Feast

No one should be excluded and therefore there is also a Red Feast. We pull the skin off and stack the meat, bones, internal organs and blood of the corpse on them. This banquet is for the other carnivorous guests (usually among the third and fourth types of guests) who are said to arrive on a corpse as vultures. Although they are also invited to the White Feast, these guests prefer the reds, where they eat the meat, drink the blood, chew the bones, and swallow the internal organs. They eat until they are completely satisfied, the guests become peaceful and our karmic debts of past and future lives are repaid.

 

With the curved knife in my right hand, I liberate the Maras of my aggregates.
YÉ DRI GUG GI PUNG PÖ DU PO DREL

 

I cut off the head of my Mara of pride. On top of the Mara’s skin,
DU NYEM CHÉ GO CHÉ YANG ZHI TENG

 

Flesh and blood are heaped on a tripod of the three-thousand fold universe.
TONG SUM GYI KHA LA SHA TRAK PUNG

 

Like vultures perched on the remains of a corpse,
JA GÖ PO RO TOG LHAK PA ZHIN

 

You, gods and demons of this frightful place, gather here.
KYO NYEN SÉ LHAN DRÉ DIR DU LA

 

 

May those who desire flesh, chomp it!
SHA DÖ NAM SHA LA KHAM KHAM ZO

 

May those who desire blood, gulp it!
TRAK DÖ NAM TRAK LA CHIB CHIB TUNG

 

May those who desire bones, gnaw the bones and suck the marrow!
RU DÖ NAM RU CHO LHA KANG JIB

 

 

Rip out the organs and entrails and enjoy them!
NANG TROL DANG GYU MA KHYUR KHYUR ROL

 

May my karmic debts of previous and future lifetimes be taken away.
TSÉ NGA CHYI LEN CHAK KHER GYUR CHIK

 

May the malevolence of these malevolent demons be pacified.
DRÉ DUG CHEN DUG SEM ZHI GYUR CHIK

 

May the malevolence of these malevolent demons be pacified.
DRÉ DUG CHEN DUG SEM ZHI GYUR CHIK

 

PHAT PHAT PHAT

 

Both the red and white festive offerings are limitless in number, so that no matter how many guests come or how big their appetites are, they are sufficient, and they are infinite, allowing transforming to what the guests desire. In the end, we feel that everything we have offered has satisfied all the wishes of the many guests.

 

 

The Gift of Dharma

Now that the gods and demons are completely contented and reassured, we present to them the Gift of the Dharma and urge them to do no further harm to others and instead take refuge and develop the mind of enlightenment or Bodhichitta.

 

Gods and demons who dwell in the great secret places,
NÉ SANG CHEN ZHING KHÖ LHAN DRÉ NAM

 

Abandon forever the mind of harming others!
DU TAG TU ZHEN LA NÖ SEM PANG

 

Take refuge in the object of the four Yungdrung (Lamas, Buddhas, Shenrabs and Bön or Dharma).
YUL YUNG DRUNG NÉ ZHIR KYAB SU SOL

 

Generate compassion for all sentient beings, our mothers.
MA SEM JEN YONG LA NYING JÉ KYÉ

 

PHAT

 

 

The Gift of Protection

The Gift of Protection is the challenge to recognize their own true nature as a Buddha or enlightened being. These are the teachings of the Nature of the Mind.

 

Cut the root of the thinker of thoughts and recollections.
SEM DREN SEM KHEN PÖ ZHI TSA CHÖ

 

Make vividly clear that no objective entities can be established.
DON NGÖ PO MA DRUB SA LÉ WA

 

This is the correct intention of Kun[tu] Zang[po].
DI KUN ZANG GONG PA YANG DAK YIN

 

Now, recognizing your own nature, may you be liberated!
DA RANG NGO SHÉ NÉ DROL WAR SHOK

 

 

Cut the root of the thinker of thoughts and recollections.
SEM DREN SEM KHEN PÖ ZHI TSA CHÖ

 

Make vividly clear that no objective entities can be established.
DON NGÖ PO MA DRUB SA LÉ WA

 

This is the correct intention of Kun[tu] Zang[po].
DI KUN ZANG GONG PA YANG DAK YIN

 

Now, recognizing your own nature, may you be liberated!
DA RANG NGO SHÉ NÉ DROL WAR SHOK

 

PHAT

 

 

Prayers and Dedication

Finally, we dedicate the merit of the practice with Prayer and Dedication to these gods and demons who have created obstacles, as well as to all sentient beings, with the desire that all may attain the enlightenment.

 

I give this great accumulation free of the defilement of grasping as «mine»,
DAK GI ZAG MÉ TSOK CHEN DI GYÉ PÉ

 

I dedicate this host of virtue to all gods and demons of the wild places,
GÉ TSOK NYEN SÉ LHAN DRÉ YONG LA NGO

 

After everyone has enjoyed the treasure of the two accumulations,
KUN GYANG TSOK NYI TER LA LONG CHÖ NÉ

 

May all sentient beings quickly achieve Buddhahood at the same time.
DRO KUN CHAM CHIK SANG GYÉ NYUR TOB SHOK

 

PHAT