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Community Chöd offering in Truckee to focus on healing demons

Lindsay Fletcher Hardie
Special to the Sun
A traditional Chöd drum will be used during the sessions.
Courtesy Tara Mandala Retreat Center |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — For Goodness Sake and Polly Ryan, MA, MFT, are hosting a two-part event about an ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice, the wisdom of which is particularly relevant for our modern society.

Chöd, a Tibetan word that means “to cut,” offers a concrete method for the healing of addictions, traumas and other “demons” in both our inner and outer worlds.

The practice is based on turning toward those experiences that we would rather avoid with the understanding that healing comes from ending the internal fight with our “demons” by cutting through fear, fixation and self-clinging.

This centuries-old practice is sung in Tibetan by the chodpa(s) while recipients relax on the floor.

The practice is accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum that symbolizes the masculine and bell that represents feminine wisdom.

Chodpas were traditionally called in when there were epidemics of infectious diseases and practiced in frightening places in order to transcend fear.

Two sessions will be offered. On Sept. 16, experience the healing practice as you lie down and absorb the rich arrangement of Tibetan song, bells and drum.

On Sept. 23, Ryan will present her research paper on the kinds of Chöd and the legacy of Machig Labdron. This will provide the historical context and explanation of the practice.

Both sessions will be from 9-10:30 a.m. at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. This will also be available online via Web Ex. It is open to all and available online.

Register by calling 530-550-8981 or email info@goodnesssake.org.

This experience is offered by donation in accord with the ancient Buddhist tradition of dana, which means generosity.

You are invited to provide a donation based on your means, or $12-$15 if appropriate for you. All are welcome, regardless of income level.

Ryan has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione for more than two decades and has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for more than 25 years.

She is an authorized teacher for Lama Tsultrim and leads the Truckee Tara Mandala Sangha. She has also studied under B. Alan Wallace, and received teachings from many other Tibetan teachers including HH the Dalai Lama.

She is a mother of three and has a thriving psychotherapy practice in Truckee and Reno. Visit inneractiontherapy.com to learn more.

Lindsay Fletcher Hardie, Ph.D, is a psychologist, a long time student of Lama Tsultrim Allione, and has found this practice to be transformative both professionally and personally. Visit goodnesssake.org to learn more about For Goodness Sake.