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Chö (Tib. གཅོད་, Wyl. gcod) (literally 'cutting'), also known as the accumulation of the kusulu, is a practice, based on the prajnaparamita, involving a visualization in which the physical body is offered as food to various guests, including evil forces or dangerous spirits, the purpose of which is to destroy or 'cut' the four maras and especially one’s own ego-clinging. Chö was introduced to Tibet by the Indian master Padampa Sangye and his Tibetan disciple, the yogini Machik Labdrön.

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha

Further Reading

Nyingma Tradition

Kagyü Tradition

Gelug Tradition

  • Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Chod in the Ganden Tradition—The Oral Instructions of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, edited by David Molk, Snow Lion, 2006.

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