The practice of Chö, also known as "cutting through," is based on the Prajñāpāramitā which expounds the concept of emptiness. Through this practice, we are able to sever erroneous concepts and clinging to the belief of an individual self.
Our Chö damarus are hand made in Nepal and blessed by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Each is constructed with high quality acacia wood, buffalo skin, and brocade selected by senior lamas at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. The required daka and dakini mantras are hand-written inside are according to Chokling Tersar tradition by the same lamas. The damaru comes with a brocade tail and cover.
Many immeasurable eons ago, the Buddha was practicing on the path of learning. He was born as the youngest son of a great kings of India. He was very bright and known for his kindness and compassion. One day, while on a hunt, the prince came upon a tigress and her cubs. The tigress was ill as she had just given birth and refused to leave her cubs in order to hunt for food. In order to save the tigress, the prince would have to kill another animal. Rather than take the life of another being, the prince sharpened a splinter from a nearby tree, which he used upon his own body, to feed the sick animal his own flesh and blood. After a while, the tigress stood up, pounced upon the prince and devoured him.
For ordinary individuals, to give away our body as Buddha Shakyamuni gave away his, is nearly impossible. In theBodhicaryavatara,Shantideva teaches that it is not beneficial for practitioners who have not realized extraordinary wisdom and compassion to sacrifice their physical body in this way. However, it is believed that the aspiration to achieve this form of generosity is no less beneficial than actually carrying out the act. Therefore practitioners may engage in the practice of Chö, transferring one’s consciousness outside the body and then offering one’s body to ghosts, ghouls, evil phantoms and gods.
Milarepa explains the three forms of Chö as follows:
External Chö is to wander in fearful places where there are deities and demons. Internal Chö is to offer one's own body as food to the deities and demons. Ultimate Chö is to realize the true nature of the mind and cut through the fine strand of hair of subtle ignorance. I am the yogi who has these three kinds of Chö practice.
Small: 8.7 in, 2.4 lb
Medium: 9.1 in, 2.6 lb
Large: 9.4 in, 2.9 lb