Machig Labdron And The Foundations Of Chod

Machig Labdron And The Foundations Of Chod

by Jerome Edou
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559390395

ISBN-13: 9781559390392

Pub. Date: 01/28/1995

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559390392
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
INTRODUCTION
1. The Second Propagation of Buddhism in Tibet1
2. Machig Labdrön3
3. The Chöd Tradition6
4. Chöd as Viewed by the West8
PART ONE: THE CHÖD TRADITION
I. The Grand Poem on the Perfection of Wisdom by Aryadeva
the Brahmin15
II. The Prajnaparamita25
1. The Heart Sutra25
2. The Mother of the Buddhas28
3. The Indian Tradition29
4. Dampa Sangyé and the Tibetan Tradition31
III. The Chöd of Machig39
1. The Practice of the Bodhisattvas39
2. The Chöd of Mahamudra42
3. Union of Consciousness and Space47
4. Transforming the Aggregates into an Offering of
Food50
IV. Gods and Demons57
1. The Mad Saints57
2. Cutting through Gods and Demons63
3. The Four Demons ofChöd67
4. The Level of Final Accomplishment72
V. Transmission79
1. The Three Chöd Traditions of Machig79
The Sutra Tradition81
The Tantra Tradition85
The Combined Sutra and Tantra Tradition88
2. Machig's Lineage Descendants89
VI. Biographies of Machig95
1. The Marvelous and the Imaginary95
2. The Dakini of Primordial Wisdom100
3. The Tradition of The Grand Exposition105
4. Comparative Study of the Tibetan Sources110
PART TWO: THE MARVELOUS LIFE OF MACHIG LABDRÖN,
A Translation of Chapters I and II of An Exposition
of Transforming the Aggregates into an Offering of
Food, Illuminating the Meaning of Chöd
VII. Machig's Previous Life, Her Birth and Early Years119
1. The Previous Life119
2. The Birth of Machig122
3. Labdrön127
4. Dampa Sangyé131
5. The Initiation133
VIII. Her Achievements141
1. The Meeting with Thöpa Bhadra141
2. The Return to Latö145
3. Zangri, the Copper Mountain148
4. Arya Tara150
5. Machig's Children153
6. The Indian Acaryas158
MACHIG'S LAST INSTRUCTIONS165
Abbreviations171
Notes175
Tibetan-English Lexicon of Chöd Terminology209
Bibliography219
General Index233
Index of Tibetan and Sanskrit Names239

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >