Join us 1st and 3rd Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Gyalshen Institute, 1608 Bonita Rd, San Pablo, CA, for Chöd practice.
Chöd is a ritual feeding of oneself to hungry ‘demons’ – or the metaphorical transforming of our inner negativities that inhibit compassion and enlightened activity. It is a very effective and powerful practice that brings the practitioner a strong experience of profound generosity as well as liberation from self-grasping, the root of Samsara. As long as there is attachment to ego, there are demons. When there is no more attachment to ego, there are no more demons either! Self-grasping or clinging to ego, are simply defined as the absence of true knowledge of who we really are and our resulting activity that endlessly tries to sustain this false sense of identity by dividing the world into ‘self and other.’ The process of feeding our demons thus is a method for bringing our shadow or illusory self into consciousness and accessing the treasures it holds rather than repressing it. Traditionally Chöd has been also used as a tool to “clear” physical spaces or to liberate beings that are believed to inhabit such negatively charged locations.
Trul Khor engages the body, mind and spirit of the practitioner in a series of breath, sound and movement exercises, each relating to a specific element. The five elements of fire, wind, space, water and earth are the foundation of Central Asian cosmology, medicine and healing; the core theory being that everything that exists in the universe is made of the five elements and therefore is responsible for the formation of each tissue cell.
By practicing Trul khor, one will be able to identify and alleviate physical discomfort and pain and emotional and mental disturbances. These easy to perform yet powerful healing exercises can be used as a support to other meditation practices or practiced alone to clear obstacles caused by disease and strong negative emotions and balance and harmonize one’s energy field.