Yogi.Chodpa. Derge Vajrayana is the tantric mahasiddha, who lives fearlessly in terrifying places like remote jungles and charnel grounds. Perched on a cliff, a Yogi chodpa practitioner, blows a thigh-bone trumpet scavenged from the funeral grounds, invoking spirits to dismember her body and sever all notions of self-cherishing. Performed in wild and haunted places, the practice of Chod liberates the yogin from cyclic existence by vanquishing the fear that stems from identification with the ego and the physical body. By summoning what is most dreaded and openly offering that to which we are most attached, new levels of awareness open within ourselves and others.
As Lama Nima says: “ Chod reveals the intrinsic purity of all phenomena and emptiness. Just as fear magnifies its objects, so too does fearlessness bring confidence and joy… In Tantra there is nothing to renounce, rather we must relate to all things openly and directly…Striving for enlightenment, we should be like an eagle soaring off a high cliff attached to nothing, leaving nothing behind.”