Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod
Machig Labdron is popularly considered to be both a dakini and a deity, an emanation of Yum Chenmo, or Prajnaparamita, the embodiment of the wisdom of the buddhas. Historically, this Tibetan woman, a contemporary of Milarepa, was an adept and outstanding teacher, a mother, and a founder of a unique transmission lineage known as the Chöd of Mahamudra. This translation of the most famous biography of Machig Labdron, founder of the unique Mahamudra Chöd tradition, is presented together with a comprehensive overview of Chöd's historical and doctrinal origins in Indian Buddhism and its subsequent transmission to Tibet.
Chöd refers to cutting through the grasping at a self and its attendant emotional afflictions. Most famous for its teaching on transforming the aggregates into an offering of food for demons as a compassionate act of self-sacrifice, Chöd aims to free the mind from all fear and to arouse realization of its true nature, primordially clear bliss and emptiness.
"Provides some wonderful material on the Chöd lineage, Machig Labdron's biography, and the origins of Mahamudra Chöd. . . . With its publication we come a little bit closer to feeling the spirit and incisive wisdom of this great yogini." —Tsultrim Allione, author of Women of Wisdom
"Consider reading this book as a spiritual investment." —Dr. Elizabeth Benard, author of Chinnamasta: The Aweful Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess