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Chilu (Tib. འཆི་བསླུ་, Wyl. 'chi bslu), 'ransoming from impending death', or literally 'ransoming death' — a practice performed when a lama or practitioner seems to near the time of death because the dakinis are calling him or her back. With this practice usually a likeness of the lama or practitioner is made for the dakinis, or at least offerings are made, as a 'ransom' to lengthen the life of the practitioner. They are similar to sundok practices.

Further Reading

  • Mengele, Irmgard. "Chilu ('Chi bslu): Rituals for "Deceiving Death" in José Ignacio Cabezón (ed.), Tibetan Ritual, Oxford University Press, 2010