The practice of Chöd comes from the Prajnaparamita sutras of the Mahayana Buddhism which deal with the empty nature of all phenomena: this method aims to bring the practitioner to the direct realization of the ultimate nature of all things, the emptiness.

Between the 11th and 12th century  the Indian mahasiddha, Padamba Sangye, reached Dingri in Tibet spreading the teachings of the pacification of suffering (Tungel Shijepa).

His most famous disciple was the yogini Machig Labdron:  she received all the transmissions of the lineage of the Siddha of Padamba Sangye; further she was a great practitioner of Dzogchen, Mahamudra and the 6 Yogas of Naropa.

Machig Labdron is known as the founder of the practice of Chöd, literally "to cut," i.e. cutting the attachment to ego, cause of suffering and torment in samsara.

The teachings of Padamba Sangye  and Machig Labdron spread throughout Tibet and were very quickly absorbed into all Tibetan schools.

The fundamental principles of Chöd are the development of a great compassion (Karuna) and a deep awareness of Emptiness (Sunyata).

The Chöd ritual is the offering of the body transformed into the wisdom nectar to the Buddhas and to all classes of sentient beings, including demons who are nothing more than our mental afflictions.

The ritual is sung and accompanied by instruments: the sound, in fact, is a fundamental support of the practice because it produces a resonance in our minds. The simple recitation would not lead to the same result.


The lineage of Machig Rinpoche is strongly connected to the practice of Chöd and the yogini Machig Labdron, from whom he derived the designation of Machig Rinpoche, because his monastery in Tibet was built around the cave where this great yogini had meditated in the past.