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Kadag Trekchö

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Kadag Trekchö (Wylie: ka dag khregs chod; alternate orthographic renderings Trekchöd and Tregchöd which approximate the phonetic) is a Dzogchen term and practice meaning "thorough cut" or "cutting through". 'Kadag' (Tibetan) may be rendered as 'purity' and specifically "primordial purity".


The Menngagde or 'Instruction Class' of Dzogchen teachings are for instruction, divided into two indivisible aspects:

Karma Chagme, however, in a departure from the norm, associates Trekchö with Semde. He further equates Trekchö with Mahāmudrā, which is more typical.

The main trekchö instructions in the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo (a terma discovered by Chokgyur Lingpa) state:

This instant freshness, unspoiled by the thoughts of the three times,
You directly see in actuality by letting be in naturalness.

Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche (Schmidt, 2002: p. 38) states:

Trekchö is the thorough cut of cutting through, cutting the obscurations completely to pieces, like slashing through them with a knife. So the past thought has ceased, the future thought hasn't yet arisen, and the knife is cutting through this stream of present thought.

But one doesn't keep hold of this knife either; one lets the knife go, so there is a gap. When you cut through again and again in this way, the string of thought falls to pieces. If you cut a rosary in a few places, at some point it doesn't work any longer.


Contents

1 Preliminary practices
2 See also
3 Note
4 References


Preliminary practices

Trekchöd has a specific 'preliminary practice' (Wylie: sngon 'gro) which may be rendered into English as "differentiating saṃsāra and nirvāṇa" (Korday Rushen; Tibetan: འཁོར་འདས་རུ་ཤན, Wylie: 'khor 'das ru shan).

Source

Wikipedia:Kadag Trekchö