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Chod in the Ganden Tradition: The Oral Instructions of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Paperback – Nov 8 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (Nov. 8 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559392614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559392617
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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"We finally have a wonderful testament to the wisdom, compassion, and erudition of one of Tibet's greatest twentieth-century Buddhist masters, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Those who have had the good fortune to listen to the late Kyabje Rinpoche will recognize the immediacy, freshness, and humor of this great master's teachings, captured beautifully in this wonderful book. With this book, the translators have also brought an important aspect of Tsongkhapa's more mystical teachings to the English-speaking world."—Thupten Jinpa

"The great modern Tibetan master Kyabje Zong Rinpoche provides detailed instructions for the practice of Chöd, along with bone-chilling and often humorous tales of Chöd masters and their students."—Tricycle

"An excellent survey of one of the finest Tibetan masters of our times. . . . Any collection strong in Tibetan Buddhist principles must have this."—Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was born in Eastern Tibet in 1904 and became abbot of Ganden Shartse Monastery in 1937. He was the first principal of the Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies in Sarnath. David Molk began to study with Zong Rinpoche twenty-five years ago and has translated for many Tibetan lamas. He lives in Big Sur, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare look at the practice of Chod from the Gelug perspective June 26 2007
By Julia Milton - Published on
Format: Paperback
The publication of this book is extraordinary for several reasons.

First, the Gelugpa school (to which the late Kyabje Zong Rinpoche belonged) has always particularly emphasized the secrecy of this practice - so much so that students of other traditions have often believed (mistakenly) that there is no practice of Chod to be found within Gelug!

This is why it's very rare to find published texts for the Gelugpa Chod (also known as Ganden Chod), much less in English; in fact, the only other text for the Ganden Chod that I know of is the short practice text that was published by Lama Zopa Rinpoche under the auspices of the FPMT. "Chod in the Ganden Tradition" is therefore unique in being the first full commentary by a Gelugpa master, and written from the unique point of view of the Ganden practice.

The book contains several sections. Naturally it commences with a biography of the author himself, the late Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Zongtrul Jetsun Losang Tsondru Thubten Gyaltsen. This is followed by an introduction to the "Sacred Cutting" of Chod by editor David Molk, who provides an approachable introduction to the topic. Molk, a gifted and sensitive translator, shares his deep familiarity with the Chod practice and speaks also of his personal experience with Zong Rinpoche, who was both a rigorous logician and a highly realized tantric master.

The main body of the text, of course, is the superb commentary by Rinpoche himself. The reader is guided, with Zong Rinpoche's typical thoroughness, through every aspect of the Chod practice - from the lineage teachers who passed down the practice over the centuries, to the qualities of the place where one should perform the practice, to the motivation for practice, through all the stages of the actual Ganden Chod sadhana (practice text) itself. The text is studded throughout with colourful anecdotes, making it enjoyably readable as well as profoundly insightful. (Occasionally they're funny, too; Zong Rinpoche was gifted with a delectably dry wit.)

The text concludes with several practice texts translated into English by David Molk, beginning with the Ganden Chod text itself ("Dedicating the Illustory Body as Ganachakra") as well as a tsog offering text. These unique translations were written expressly to be sung to the haunting Tibetan melodies of the Ganden Chod, so that practitioners who wish to perform the practice in their own language are still able to chant using the traditional, centuries-old tunes.

There is also a short but very blessed commentary by Umapa Pawo Dorje on Chod as taught by Ven. Manjushri (which I believe is the first ever translation into a Western language); a prayer for the flourishing of Je Tsongkhapa's teachings by Gungthang Tenpai Dronme; and in conclusion, a prayer by H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: "The Sages' Melodious Song of Truth: Nonpartisan Prayer for the Flourishing of Buddha's Teachings."

On that note, I'd like to add that although this is a Gelugpa text, practitioners of Chod from the other Tibetan Buddhist schools will also find a great deal to treasure in this book, since ultimately all Chod practitioners trace their lineage back to the great female saint Machig Labdron and the Prajnaparamita.

And finally, I should mention that my husband Keith Milton and I assisted on an earlier transcription of this text. We could not be more delighted that now, through the dedicated efforts of David Molk, this precious text is finally able to reach a wider audience.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about Chod May 22 2007
By A. H. Badiner - Published on
Format: Paperback
Chod, meaning "cutting," is one of the most fascinating practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and regarded by many as a most powerful antidote to the self-cherishing mind. Editor David Molk has done a great service in not only detailing the techniques for successful practice (not to be undertaken by the uninitiated) but also in his portrayal of, and translations from, the great Tibetan master, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any collection strong in Tibetan Buddhist principles must have this. Feb. 2 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's CHOD IN THE GANDEN TRADITION is edited by David Molk and provides an excellent survey of one of the finest Tibetan masters of our times, who surveys techniques for working with basic fears and uses stories as well as strategies to outline common problems. Stories come from the Ganden Oral Lineage masters and describe applications of practices: any collection strong in Tibetan Buddhist principles must have this.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret Tantra Jan. 11 2007
By Jupiter Love - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is authentic tantra. Not a how-to book for curious seekers or new age tantrics who want to contemporize ancient rituals into modern spirituality. It's for serious practitioners, particularly, those who have a foundational understanding of Vajrayana and who have received proper initiation. And even then, it is practice more specific to the Gelugpa lineage, then others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little dissapointing Jan. 26 2010
By Kimberly Martinez - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was a little dissapointed because i read that this book comes with a CD and i find out that i must buy the CD under seprate order from Snow Lion. Had i known that i would have bought the kendle vresion. Plus i know the friends who recomended this book to me got the CD's with the book.