The ancient Tibetans thought of fear, obsession, illness, and even unrealistic hopes as demons that must be faced and dissolved for our own safety and well-being.
As the Japanese people face the unfathomable loss caused by the tsunami and now the fear of nuclear meltdown, we empathize with their pain and loss. Every one of us, at some point will face loss, whether vast and all consuming or small and personal. If the loss is deep enough, we may question our existence and release those awful demons of doubt and fear.
Above: Tibetan nun Ani Cholying Drolma, who performs the tantric ritual with sublime beauty.
The Tibetan spiritual practice of Chöd, based on the Prajñāpāramitā sutra, has been used since ancient times to heal mental and physical sickness, remove karmic obstacles to spiritual growth and to address human suffering. Chöd means “to cut,” and is meant to cut away the ego and attachment to transitory things. Chöd connects those who are experiencing pain back to their true, luminous natures.
Listening to Chöd, helps to release fear, sorrow and pain.
Image of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex by Oldmaison