Chöd: The Garden of All Joy, as taught at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in 2016 by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, is a part of the “Seeds of Awakening/ Semillas del Despertar” series, which is dedicated to offering clear and concise instructions on core practices from great masters of the Karma Kagyu lineage in English and Spanish.
Chöd: The Garden of All Joy
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s Commentary on Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Taye’s Commentary on the Fourteenth Karmapa Tekchok Dorje’s text
translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso
English (Spanish available from Editorial Albricias)
6 x 9 in., 112 pages
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche offers instructions on the practice of Severance or Chöd, which essentially is how to achieve buddhahood through offering the flesh and blood of your body to the Three Jewels, and feeding it to all beings of the six realms. The treatise that we are going to use for this instruction was composed by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Taye and is called The Garden of All Joy. It’s called that because the subject with which it deals, this practice of severance, is something that brings joy, delight, and satisfaction to all beings, both in nirvana and samsara, like a beautiful garden of lotus flowers. The text begins with an initial homage: “I prostrate to the gurus and the great mother.”