From you Tube: ‘Sources describe this practice as if the adept is offering the flesh of his body to be cut to pieces and devoured by the gods, demonic forces etc. The ritual reminds the initiation of a shaman though the attributed meaning is different (as stated above). This particular type of meditation is believed to be extremely mentaly challenging and can be dangerous if not handled appropriately
The founder of the practice of Chöd was in The XII Century by Machig Labdrön, the consort of Padampa Sangye.’
*I found her voice to be beautiful, haunting, and elegant. And I wanted to share 🙂 *
Three monks sat by a lake, deep in meditation. One stood up and said, “I’ve forgotten my mat.” Stepping on to the waters before him, he walked across to the other side, where their small hut stood. When he returned, the second monk said, “I just remembered I haven’t dried my washed clothes.” He too strode calmly across the water to the other bank and returned in a few minutes the same way.
The third monk watched them intently. Figuring that this was a test of his own skills, he loudly declared, “So you think your abilities are superior to mine! Watch me!” and scurried to the edge of the river bank. No sooner did he put his foot in then he fell into the waist-high water. Unfazed, he waded out and tried again. And again and again, to no avail. After watching this performance in silence, one of his fellow monks asked the other, “D’ you suppose we should tell him where the stepping stones are?”
Don’t let ego and jealousy cloud your common sense!