Machig Labdon’s teachings are at the base of her own Chod, a Buddhist spiritual practice that can be found in Tibetan Buddhism and which aims to cut through the ego of the individual. One of her most famous teachings is Feeding your Demons, a practice which aims to embrace whatever obstacle might trouble the individual in order to defy it. Machig Labdon is usually depicted in Buddhist iconography, seating or dancing on one foot like a dakini, an enlightened female energy, and holding a Damaru drum and a Dril Bu bell. Both objects, the bell and drum, are essential to the Tibetan Buddhism practice: the Dril Bu bell is used during the recitation of the mantras and the Damaru drum is played during celebrations.
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