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Way of the Bodhisattva, Shantideva
« on: March 11, 2010, 01:17:59 pm »
In the Way of the Bodhisattva written by Shantideva in the 8th Century under the chapter on Commitment, I find verses that seem to be an inspiration for the practice of Chod.

8. For all those ailing in the world
Until their sickness has been healed
May I myself become for them
The doctor, nurse, and medicine itself.

9. Raining down a flood of food and drink
May I dispell the ills of thirst and famine.
And in the ages marked by scarcity and want
May I myself appear as drink and sustenance.

10. For sentient beings, poor and destitute
May I become a treasure ever plentiful
And lie before them closely in their reach
A varied source of all of what they might need.

11. My body, thus, and all of my goods besides
And all my merits gained and to be gained
I give them all away withholding nothing
To bring about the benefit of beings.

12. Nirvana is gained by giving all
Nirvana the objective of my striving
Everything therefore must be abandoned
And it is best to give it all to others.

I find this to be great inspiration for Chod.
Om Tare Tutare Svaha

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything.  What we think we become." Buddha Sakyamuni

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Re: Way of the Bodhisattva, Shantideva
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 01:38:57 pm »
In the Way of the Bodhisattva written by Shantideva in the 8th Century under the chapter on Commitment, I find verses that seem to be an inspiration for the practice of Chod.

8. For all those ailing in the world
Until their sickness has been healed
May I myself become for them
The doctor, nurse, and medicine itself.

9. Raining down a flood of food and drink
May I dispell the ills of thirst and famine.
And in the ages marked by scarcity and want
May I myself appear as drink and sustenance.

10. For sentient beings, poor and destitute
May I become a treasure ever plentiful
And lie before them closely in their reach
A varied source of all of what they might need.

11. My body, thus, and all of my goods besides
And all my merits gained and to be gained
I give them all away withholding nothing
To bring about the benefit of beings.

12. Nirvana is gained by giving all
Nirvana the objective of my striving
Everything therefore must be abandoned
And it is best to give it all to others.

I find this to be great inspiration for Chod.



Shantideva is redolent of Chod, Kusali Tsog and even Tonglen.

Ven.  Dharmakara's organisation has explored Shantideva extensively in terms of both the writings and the man:

http://www.shantideva.net/

A wonderful teacher. :)

Javamahasattva

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Re: Way of the Bodhisattva, Shantideva
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 04:47:55 pm »
"In Chöd-practice, the yogi or yogini journeys into the night world—the dangerous regions of ghosts, spirits and the damned, to bless all souls lost for a time on the wheel of existence. The selflessness of the practitioner's compassion, his or her contact with spirits of the other-world, and the making of himself into a vehicle of healing, all tends to become a path for the hero to win the noetic Mind-Jewel of true awakening."

Chöd: An Advanced Type of Shamanism
http://www.dharmafellowship.org/library/essays/chod.htm


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