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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: Kadag Trekchö and Lhündrub Tögal. Karma Chagme, however, in a departure from the norm, associates Trekchö with Semde. He further equates Trekchö with Mahāmudrā, which is more typical.
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.
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).
See also 
- A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga by Karma Chagme, Gyatrul Rinpoche and B. Alan Wallace. Snow Lion Publications: 1998 1559390719 pg 180
- A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga by Karma Chagme, Gyatrul Rinpoche and B. Alan Wallace. Snow Lion Publications: 1998 1559390719 pg 69
- Schmidt, Erik. (2001). The Light of Wisdom Vol IV. Kathmandu: Rangjung Yeshe Publications. p.77
- Schmidt, Marcia Binder (Ed.) (2002). The Dzogchen Primer: Embracing The Spiritual Path According To The Great Perfection. London, Great Britain: Shambhala Publications, Inc. ISBN 1-57062-829-7 (alk. paper) p.38
- Pettit, John Whitney (1999). Mipham's Beacon of Certainty: Illuminating the View of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. Boston: Wisdom Publications (1999). ISBN 0-86171-157-2. p.81
- Schmidt, Marcia Binder (Ed.) (2002). The Dzogchen Primer: Embracing The Spiritual Path According To The Great Perfection. London, Great Britain: Shambhala Publications, Inc. ISBN 1-57062-829-7 (alk. paper)
- Surya Das (2007). Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection. Sounds True. ISBN 1-59179-612-1
- Jigmed Lingpa (2008). Yeshe Lama http://www.snowlionpub.com/html/product_9836.html . Snow Lion
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