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Chöd (Tibetan: གཅོད, Wylie: gcod lit. 'to sever'), is a spiritual practice found primarily in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism (where it is also known as Mahamudra) and Bon (where they are classed as Anuttarayoga Tantras). Also known as "Cutting Through the Ego,", the practices are based on the Prajñāpāramitā or "Perfection of Wisdom" sutras, which expound the "emptiness" concept of Buddhist philosophy.
Tibet’s Secret Temple: The Long-Hidden Tantric Murals of Lukhang Palace.On an island in a pond behind the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet sits the Lukhang Temple, or “Temple to the Serpent Spirits,” a secret meditation space created by the Dalai Lama in the 17th century. For hundreds of years, this temple was closed to anyone but the Dalai Lama himself. Link...
Naga (Serpent) Protectors assoc. with Shiva. India, Tamil Nadu or Kerala 18th C. Wood with pigment.
Kangling ( Kang - leg, Ling - flute) is the Tibetan name for a trumpet or horn made out of a human thighbone, used in Himalayan Buddhism for various chöd rituals as well as funerals performed by a chöpa. In Tantric chöd practice, the practitioner, motivated by compassion, plays the kangling as a gesture of fearlessness, to summon hungry spirits and demons so that she or he may satisfy their hunger and thereby relieve their sufferings.