An Invitation to the Ear-Whispered Chö
WHAT IS THE CHÖ MASTERY JOURNEY?
The primary mission of Dakini’s Whisper’s activities in general, and the Chö Mastery Journey in particular, is to keep the lineage alive – with full integrity, as a living experience in a way that is relevant and accessible.
COVID-19 constitutes a major challenge for all of us. One immediate impact for Dakini’s Whisper is not being able to arrange retreats and empowerments on-site at this time. Currently, no one knows when we will be able to meet again in person. By moving retreats online, more people are able to receive initiation into the lineage – which is wonderful. But we must be very careful and ensure that the lineage is not diluted, or that integrity is compromised. At the same time, one of the hallmarks of Dakini’s Whisper is to honor students' obstacles and to fully support their wish to pursue Dharma in their current situation.
COVID-19 is a formidable obstacle. As such, in Chö, it is part of the path. It is the path. Letting go of the approach of yesterday, to meet “the demon” here, today is the practice. To meet these new circumstances, to preserve the lineage, to serve the Sangha and the students, THE CHÖ MASTERY JOURNEY - Five Levels of the Chö Mastery Journey to Authenticity and Integrity has been adapted in the following ways:
This new structure provides:
FLEXIBILITY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO ADAPT THE JOURNEY BASED ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S LIFE CIRCUMSTANCE
"Year" is replaced by "Level" in the Chö Mastery Journey. Students remain for as long as they wish on their Level, according to their motivation and circumstances.
SIMPLIFICATION OF THE CATEGORIES AND FEE
The distinction between 'Extended' and "Pith" Tracks is no longer applicable. There are NO separate fees for the Chö Mastery Journey - all are included in Chö Mastery Membership.
RESPONSIBILITY AND AGENCY OF INDIVIDUAL PRACTITIONERS
Students proceed to the next level once they have completed the requirements of their current level.
The opportunity to proceed to the next level is offered once a year.
Students must be "active" members of Dakini’s Whisper to be able to proceed to the next level (if they are members, practice regularly, and are in regular contact with Dakini’s Whisper. )
PRESERVATION OF THE AUTHENTICITY AND INTEGRITY OF THE LINEAGE
The five levels of the lineage practices have been created and integrated according to the tradition of the Ear-Whispered Lineage to ensure the authenticity of the lineage not to be compromised.
OFFERS STUDENTS GUIDANCE IN THE DAKINI LINEAGE SEQUENTIALLY
This sequential structure with flexibility in the hands of an individual is to guide them to the rare Dakini Ear-Whispered Lineage in the minimum range of five year
OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE UPPER LEVELS OF TRANSMISSIONS AND TEACHINGS UP TO LEVEL 3
Level 1 students (who are still working on Five Dakinis) can receive transmissions in Level 2 and empowerment in Level 3, but not Level 4 and higher until they complete Level 1 requirements.
WHAT IS THE CHÖ MASTERY JOURNEY OVERVIEW?
We are honored and excited to present a comprehensive training journey for the Lineage of Wandering Chöpas, the Machik Ḍākinī Ear-Whispered lineage (Machik Khandro Nyengyü)!
The Machik Ḍākinī Ear-Whispered lineage is a rare, secret, and uniquely integrated Tantric Chö lineage that has been uninterruptedly carried through great masters for centuries. It has been maintained as a tradition of an oral, aural, or ear-whispered lineage (Nyengyü) and kept hidden until recent years. The lineage was extremely discreet, yet spread all the way to the isolated regions of Tibet and Inner Mongolia and did not settle in any institutional framework. The lineage practices are profound and powerful as well as beautiful, melodious, and imbued with the Ḍākinīs’ blessings. The lineage was strictly orally transmitted and was on the verge of disappearing by the early 20th century.
(Please read more about the lineage on the page - "What is the Machik Ḍākinī Ear-Whispered Lineage?")
This journey will systematically guide you through the practices, teachings, and retreats in the Ear-Whispered Cho Lineage based on the five-level model as described in the curriculum.
If you are new to the lineage, the journey will include the lineage blessings, oral textual and musical transmissions, commentaries of the total of 11 lineage texts, as well as the formal retreats which are required to advance through the journey. If you are a long-term practitioner, the journey will also serve as an exploration of vital and advanced subjects and meditative practices for further deepening, unfolding, and integrating the lineage practices in your spiritual journey.
The Cho Mastery Journey welcomes any individuals, regardless of your affiliations and levels of spiritual maturation, who have a strong resonance with bringing this rare chö tradition into your spiritual journey. Step in the unbroken current of the stunning river of a Chö lineage, the Machik Ḍakini Ear-Whispered lineage, fully immerse yourself in the lineage practices for your own spiritual unfolding and commitment to others, and let the river of the blessed lineage carry you through to the ocean of awakening!
WHAT ARE CHÖ MASTERY JOURNEY OBJECTIVES?
The journey aims at transmitting, exploring, and preserving the integrity of the unbroken, authentic lineage. The emphasis will be two-fold: authenticity and integrity - completely traditional and completely modern. Our approach is based on authentic transmission, yet not bound by the culturally colored tradition. An underlying intention of the journey is to support your personal awakening through the spiritual journey of Chö and to build a strong foundation for the spiritual community of dedicated practitioners of the Ear-Whispered Lineages.
TRANSMISSION & TRAINING
To guide committed practitioners to the lineage through complete transmissions, commentaries, training, consistent support in a traditional, sequential, and systematic manner. All the musical transmissions will be passed on as well as the traditional ritual protocols to maintain the authenticity of the practice.
UNFOLDING & EXPLORATION
To foster modern practitioners in their personal unfolding and integration of their practice by exploring the teachings and practices of the tradition in a manner that is experiential and transformative. This is done with an emphasis on personal meditation practice and direct experience.
LINEAGE & COMMUNITY
To train the individuals, so that they will be able to carry out all the core lineage practices, continue to deepen their practice for further spiritual unfolding and culmination, bring the experiences from the practices to their own life and become vehicles of awakening for benefiting others. Students will serve as key members of the Ḍākinī’s Whisper community to carry the lineage and help make the lineage into an alive, dynamic, and living force.