Forewords by His Eminence Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak and Geshé Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
The dramatic practice of chöd, in which the yogin visualizes giving his or her own sacrificed body to the gods and demons as a way to cut the attachment to self and ordinary reality, offers an intense and direct confrontation with the central issues of the spiritual path. The chöd practices of the Bön tradition, a tradition that claims pre-Buddhist origins in the mysterious western lands of Zhang-zhung Tazig and Olmolungrig, are still almost entirely unknown.
“Alejandro Chaoul provides a scholarly, well-informed, and illuminating introduction to chöd in the Bön tradition, telling us much along the way of other aspects of Bön tantra and spiritual life, and of the wider context of the chöd practices within Tibet. His work is an important contribution to our knowledge of these fascinating and attractive modes of spiritual practice.” —Geoffrey Samuel, author of The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century and Civilized Shamans