Two-Hour Online Workshop
Online Chö Drum Clinic
CHÖ DAMARU CLINIC:
to help you modify or repair your Chö drum (damaru)
Saturday, December 12, 9 am - 11 am (PST)
Would you like to make your chö drum fit better in your hand & get the best sound from the drum?
Khandro-la will show you how. Please join her for this special 2-hour workshop!
For registration, please use the form below. You will receive a list of the materials you need in advance and an invitation email with the link to the video conference call one hour before the starting time.
Make Friendship With Your Chö Damaru And Yourself! An Integral Part of Cho Training
Traditionally, Chöpas or Cho practitioners have very few possessions - Chö drum called damaru and Chö tent. So, one of the most essential components in Chö training is how to make friends with your own Chö damaru.
In the west, we tend to assume that we can play the new damaru we buy from a dharma store or inherit from a friend, right away. However, traditionally, that is not the case, especially in our lineage. All the damaru's have to be modified, they have to undergo surgery, accordingly.
Modifying your damaru according to the lineage specificities is a vital integral part of Chö training and one that will enable you to make your new damaru work for you in your Chö practice. This process will improve your control of the drum: the chö drum will fit better in your hand, the sound will be improved, and you will be able to play correctly and slowly when needed, avoid unnecessary struggles, and much more. Also, Chöpas are required to know the specificities (i.e. an undecorated style of damaru and a banner consisting of five different colored straps) through the lineage transmission.
This part of the training involves lots of specific processes, step by step. It entails assembling what appears to be a fresh and perfect damaru coming from a factory store. It includes your resistance to taking apart a new drum, anxiety about the tediousness of the work involved, laziness, doubt and fear of failure, and so forth. This is a profound practice like a Chö (cutting through) in itself.
Through this initial and necessary process, you will be able to get to know yourself, and your damaru better as well as deepen the relationship between the two like 2 friends. Making an intimate relationship with your own damaru is an indispensable part of the Chö journey.