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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (November 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559392614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559392617
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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In Chöd in the Ganden Tradition we encounter not only the life and teachings of one of the greatest Tibetan masters in modern times, but also instructions in one of the most interesting Tibetan techniques for working with basic fears, applicable to Chod practitioners from all lineages. The instructions are offered with the engaging directness, wit, and stories for which Rinpoche was legendary.

He tells miraculous stories of the Ganden Oral Lineage masters and then gives detailed explanations of the actual practice, including such topics as the degree of fear "necessary" for Chod practice and how "to remember dream and death, morning, noon, and night." Also provided are the Chod sadhanas for chanting in English, with optional CD recordings and DVDs available.

"A fabulous book--uplifting and enlightening. David Molk has done a most excellent job of presenting the Chod teachings ("Cutting Out Self-Grasping from the Root") from the late great Kyabje Song Rinpoche. David's many years of study and practice shine through in his re-telling of this most amazing Dharma legacy. Although the book is entitled "Chod in the Ganden Tradition," all Chod practitioners will find it useful and enlightening, regardless of their particular lineage affiliation."--Glenn Mullin, author

"In Chod In the Ganden Tradition, 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 Chod offers us a method to forcefully cut off the source of our most undesirable negativities --self-cherishing and ego-grasping. In this book the translators have rendered into English both the Chod texts and its commentary given by His Holiness, the late Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was the foremost master of the Ganden oral tradition following the passing of the two gurus of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the early 1980’s."--Gehlek Rimpoche


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julia Milton on June 26, 2007
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. H. Badiner on May 22, 2007
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 2, 2007
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jupiter Love on January 11, 2007
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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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