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Meaning of Chod

Machik's Complete Explanation - coverMachik's Complete Explanation - Clarifying the Meaning of Chod
- with commentary by the 3rd Karmapa - Rangjung Dorje
— translated by Sarah Harding

This book is the most famous book of teachings of Machik Labdron - the great female saint and yogini of 11 and 12th century Tibet.

Fear, anger, and negativity are states that each of us have to contend with. Machik's Complete Explanation  addresses these issues in a practical, direct way.

Machik developed a system - the Mahamudra Chöd - that takes the Buddha's teachings as a basis and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces.

Machig Labdron (Kagyu)Her unique feminine approach is to invoke and nurture the very "demons" that we fear and hate, transforming those reactive emotions into love. It is the tantric version of developing compassion and fearlessness, a radical method of cutting through ego-fixation.

This expanded edition includes Machik Labdron's earliest known teaching, the original source text for the tradition - The Great Bundle of Precepts on Severance  (Chöd).

This pithy set of instructions reveals that the teachings of the perfection of wisdom are the true inspiration for Chöd. It is beautifully clarified in a short commentary by Rangjung Dorje - the Third Karmapa.

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