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What is Chöd?
In other words, Chöd is a practice of feeding, not fighting, that which assails us.
Who can practice Chöd?
The type of person who would practice the traditional chöd practice would be somebody already fairly mature in their practice.
It is a practice of enhancement so in a way, chöd practice is a way to test yourself, to test your development and your understanding, because traditionally you put yourself in “difficult places.”
For that reason the practitioner needs to be somewhat mature.
However in the West today, there are people who are not particularly mature practitioners doing chöd practice.
For those people it is recommended to do it from the comfort of their own home in an environment where they have support.
However for somebody to really practice Chöd according to the Tibetan tradition, it is challenging and requieres to be supervised by an experienced teacher.
How to practice Chöd?
To make the body offering creates a tremendous potential power of liberation from that fundamental fear of, “Am I going to survive?”
Letting that go and making offering with the energy of that fear is very powerful.
Feeding Your Demons
Tsultrim Allione has developed “Feeding Your Demons,” which you could say is a Western form of Chöd.
It’s a five-step process to essentially do the same thing, but using more Western modalities.