Teaching video: Chod teaching and full drumming and chanting ritual with scenes of 108 Springs retreat in Mongolia

H.E. Zasep Rinpoche introduces Five Dakini Chod practice with a full teaching, followed by a demonstration, in full, of a Chod Vajrayana Buddhist practice with drumming and chanting.

Includes stunning video and stills shot over 108 days in Mongolia during a 108 Springs Chod Retreat — where Rinpoche and students had to move their camp each day for 108 days and perform Chod. [Contents of video by time index below video for convenience.]


Contents by time index

  • Introduction 0 – 0:39
  • Initial Teaching: 0:40 – 22:27
    What is Chod, Why it is important, Where to practice, How to practice, Drum and Trumpet, and the Lineage of the Teachings. [With scenes of Mongolian 108 Spring Wilderness Chod Retreat]
  • Drumming and Chanting Ritual demonstration 22:28 – 32:33
  • Advice on Practicing Chod: 32.38 – 38:06
  • Fire Puja video from Mongolian Chod 108 Spring Retreat: 38:10 to end


Chod practice combines the Three Paths in an advanced practice: Renunciation, Bodhichitta (compassion) and Shunyata (wisdom understanding Emptiness.” Chod means to “cut” — cutting ego, self-grasping and attachments. Chod also includes Powa practice.

By combining both method and wisdom — Bodhichitta practice and meditation on Emptiness — Chod is considered one of the most advanced practices in Esoteric Buddhism. Rinpoche ends the in-depth teaching of lineage and benefits with a full Chod practice chanted and drummed, and a final section on “Advice for Chod practice”.

The video finishes with a spectacular Fire Puja (from the end of the 108 Springs retreat in Mongolia.) Whether your practice or are interested, don’t miss this in-depth teaching and demonstration of Chod practice. 41 minutes in length.

Credits for the 108 Springs video and stills include: H.E. Zasep Rinpoche, Bill Wells and Chisako Tsujino.



Lee Kane

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Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
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