Machik's Complete Explanation [New Expanded Edition]
Clariyfing the Meaning of Chod
New expanded edition. A full translation of the famous work by the great female yogini Machik Lapdron, who developed the Mahamudra Chod teachings for cutting through ego-fixation and confronting negative states of mind.
Fear, anger and negativity are states that all of us have to contend with. Machik developed a system, the Mahamudra Chod, that takes the Buddha's teachings as a basis and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states and malignant forces. Her unique feminine approach is to invoke and nurture these "demons" that we fear and hate, transforming those reactive emotions into love. It is the tantric version of developing compassion and fearlessness, a radical method of cutting through ego-fixation. This expanded edition includes Machik's earliest known teaching The Great Bundle of Precepts on Severence. This pithy set of instructions reveals that the teachings of the perfection of wisdom (Prajnaparamita) are the true inspiration for Chod.
"Machik's Complete Explanation is an important contribution to an understanding of Tibet's most innovative female saint, revealing her vast diversity of teachings that place Chod squarely in the mainstream of tantric Buddhist meditation. Harding's translation deftly reveals new and rare biographical, anatomical, philosophic, and meditative lore essential to understanding the tradition as a whole." Judith Simmer-Brown.
"Sarah Harding's masterful translation is a real gift to students of Chod and this extraordinary woman teacher...the translation has such a fresh living quality you almost feel you are recieving teachings directly from Machik Lapdron herself." Tsultrim Allione.
"Sarah Harding's magnificent translation of this key work of Tibet's most famous yogini opens up for Western practitioners the startling world of Chod practice: severing the devil of ego-fixation. This meditation manual explains how the rich symbology of tantric yoga can be used in a disturbingly effective way to transform one's life." Stephen Batchelor.