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An intimate and magical experience of shamanic Chöd practice, combining meditation and movement as a particularly rapid way to attain self-liberation and Awakening, taught at the Hermitage by Ngakpa Kalsang Dorje.

Arrival after 3pm on June 23rd

Chöd is a truly profound wisdom-practice developed largely by enlightened women mystics and transmitted from early times in the sacred high land of Tibet. As a special type of meditation combining both sitting and movement, stillness and activity, this unique style of meditation leads us into a beautiful form of embodied spirituality, focused in part on overcoming life’s hindrances and obstacles, and on attaining the “Cutting Off of the Ego” (the word "Chod" means "to Cut-through") as a process to achieve Higher Consciousness. 

The technique of Chod-meditation combines Buddhist meditation with ancient shamanic dance and drumming, so as to place oneself en rapport with the Universe as a whole, externally, and with one’s own inner process of Awakening internally, as an especially rapid means to attain personal spiritual insight and self-realization. An aspect of Chod-meditation deals directly with our innate fear of loss and death, and for that reason touches on the very core of life's experience. This ancient method was apparently first developed by the amazing Tibetan princess Yeshe Tsogyal in the 9th century, and then again further elaborated on by Machig Labdron, yet another exceptional Tibetan woman mystic living in the 11th century. Although a spiritual practice seemingly founded by and deeply relevant to women, Chod is today practiced equally by male yogis and female yoginis throughout the East – thus this practice is applicable to both sexes and all types of spiritual seekers, as a unique way of transcendence.

Chöd has mostly been communicated outside the Tibetan monastic establishment. The tradition has been practiced and handed on by individual Ngakpas (non-celibate yogis and yoginis) in Tibet and Mongolia over the centuries. Because of this, knowledge of Chöd and a chance to actually learn the practice from a qualified Tibetan teacher, has always been much less available to Western seekers than other forms of meditation. It is, however, considered a major meditation practice in both the Ka’gyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and is treated with great respect, and even with a degree of awe, by all Tibetan spiritual leaders, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Gyalwang Karmapa. The "Distant Laughter of the Goddess," the particular method of Chod-meditation transmitted from the Heart-Point of the Great Expanse by the Tibetan master-yogi Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), is considered a direct path to Enlightenment. Ngakpa Kalsang Dorje, an experienced practitioner of the lineage, teaches the practice with considerable skill, gentleness and kindness, in easy steps suited for Western seekers who have no prior knowledge of Tibetan tradition.


Teacher's Program Fee: Dana – the teachings are offered by donation. It is hoped that people will give generously.
Food and Accomodations: 250$ to 425$ based on selection.

June 23rd, 2017 3:00 PM   through   June 28th, 2017 11:00 AM
7131 Denman Road
Denman Island, BC V0T 1T0
Reception: (250) 702-1609
Residence: (250) 335-3377
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Event Fee(s)
Eco Kuti $ 425.00
Kuti $ 425.00
Hermitage Tent-Large $ 375.00
Hermitage Tent-Small $ 300.00
Own Tent & Bedding $ 250.00
The teachings are offered freely. Dana is gratefully accepted. $ 0.00
Schedule Therapeutic Massage $ 140.00