Chöd Practice: Severing Attachments to Obstacles

Kristine McCutcheon

Individual: $108
Patron: $149 The Patron rate helps us offer our generosity policy to those in need.


Chöd is a unique offering practice founded by Machik Lapdron in 11th century Tibet. Machik Lapdron realised emptiness and her instructions arise from that realisation. As Chöd practices pervaded Tibet they expanded to accommodate all of the various schools and lineages. Many are fascinated with the melodious chanting and rhythmic drumming, but the heart of the practice is literally “cutting”— cutting through our obscurations, cutting ego-grasping and fixation, and then offering our entire being to pacify the suffering of all beings.

This Chöd practice was presented to our sangha by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamsto Rinpoche during the summers he visited Karme Chöling and Dorje Denma Ling. We use the English translation of the daily Chöd practice text by Wangchuk Dorje with part of the commentary from Jamgon Kongtrul as translated by Elizabeth Callahan. Tibetan melodies are transcribed by Jean Thies, Ellen Green and Basia Solarz.

This course will provide recorded talks giving instructions and guidance for the sadhana and music, as well as a live Q&A and a live practice session, date to be announced. It also includes the lung for the practice and an online discussion forum.

Prerequisites: Vajrayogini, Werma Sadhana, or Chöd practice transmission


A printed copy of the liturgy will be available for purchase ($25 USD), which covers printing and a donation to the translator (shipping will vary). The text can be ordered once you have received the lung for the practice. For more information, contact Kristine McCutcheon at [email protected]

Teachers and Faculty

Kristine McCutcheon is a householder whose practice includes completing a 3-year retreat, path of Shambhala, and studying with many teachers including Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Rinpoche, Pema Chödrön and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Kristine lives with her husband in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, between the mountain and ocean.

Individual: $108
Patron: $149 The Patron rate helps us offer our generosity policy to those in need.