Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod

Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod

By Jerome Edou
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ISBN: 9780834841017

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.

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"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

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