Tog Chöd

Tog Chöd Training – Wisdom Sword

We are waiting to see whether London Tog Chöd Training is about to happen in 2017. There is growing interest in the Tibetan Martial art called “Tog Chöd” or The Wisdom Sword but we have, as yet no trained London personel. In Spring 2018 we hope to have a qualified teacher in London.

Here is Tulku Lobsang Rimpoche teaching about what he also refers to as, “monk dance”. Youtube clip: ©Nangten Menlang International 

London Tog Chöd training

London Tog Chöd Training
Tog Chöd

I have been waiting to see if my dream that a London Tog Chöd training might happen in Summer 2017. It seems that we shall need to wait for one more year.

If you are at all sympathetic, please contact James Leachman jl AT jamesleachman DOT com and we shall see if the dream will emerge. Might a sufficient number of students, a qualified teacher and an appropriate venue dream up together? We have accommodation for just 6 students at Ealing Abbey. If we have more students we will need a larger venue. It’s good for us to begin small.

London Tog Chöd training

Tog Chöd is a powerful, dynamic practice. It is a form of meditation well adapted to westernised civilisations, where sitting meditation is far from our normal experience.

This dance with a sword brings us straight into the present moment. We need to be brave to be in the present moment. Its flowing movements are decisive and empowering as we stomp on our enemies, which are our own negative emotions. There are no enemies outside ourselves, and when we realize this we can stop struggling with the external world and learn to touch our own reality. But, even then, our biggest obstacle is laziness. Through Tog Chöd we may come to know our inner power and in this way we may overcome our laziness.

London Tog Chöd training

Youtube clip: ©Nangten Menlang International 

The traditional Yaman monk dances and Kalachakra movements are the basis of Tog Chöd. Tulku Lobsang Rimpoche created this martial art in direct response to the needs of those of us who live in the western and modern world. We need a practice to release us from our conceptual mind, a practice that connects us with our power. Tog Chöd uses our anger to empower our motivation, but the deep motivation is always compassion.

purple, blue, buff, grey, green, red, brown and black-handled Wisdom Swords; Tog Chöd
Wisdom Swords; London Tog Chöd Training

The sword symbolizes our own innate wisdom. Wielding this sword we cut through our conceptual mind. We cut our thoughts of fear and our expectations that keep us from being in this beautiful – this present moment. When we are aware of the source of age old wisdom we can transform our emotions and change ourselves and our attitudes.

11 April 2017