Walking Between The Spaces II: Thank You “Pilgebump”

Bardo

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This is an article on a Buddhist concept. For other meanings of the word Bardo, see: Bardo (disambiguation)

The Tibetan word Bardo (Sanskrit: Antara-bhava) means literally “intermediate state” – also translated as “transitional state” or “in-between state” or “liminal state”. In Sanskrit the concept has the name antarabhāva.

“In the terma discovered by Karma Lingpa, Guru Padmasambhava introduces six different bardos. The first bardo begins when we take birth and endures as long as we live. The second is the bardo of dreams. The third is the bardo of concentration or meditation. The fourth occurs at the moment of death. The fifth is known as the bardo of the luminosity of the true nature. The sixth is called the bardo of transmigration or karmic becoming.”[2]

Used somewhat loosely, the term “bardo” may refer to the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one’s next birth, when one’s consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a particular sequence of degeneration from, just after death, the clearest experiences of reality of which one is spiritually capable, to, later on, terrifying hallucinations arising from the impulses of one’s previous unskillful actions. For the spiritually advanced the bardo offers a state of great opportunity for liberation, since transcendental insight may arise with the direct experience of reality, while for others it can become a place of danger as the karmically created hallucinations can impel one into a less than desirable rebirth.

In the West, the term bardo may also refer to times when our usual way of life becomes suspended, as, for example, when we are on retreat. Such times can prove fruitful for spiritual progress, as external constraints diminish, although they offer challenges because our unskillful impulses can come to the fore, just as in the sidpa bardo.

2 thoughts on “Walking Between The Spaces II: Thank You “Pilgebump”

  1. nymphobrainiac says:

    THIS WAS A LINK IN REFERENCE TO THE ORIGINAL “WALKING BETWEEN THE SPACES” POST AND DEFINITELY DEEPENED MY UNDERSTANDING OF MY OWN PROCESS…PERHAPS IT CAN BE AS ENLIGHTENING TO YOU…thank you.

  2. GioNYC says:

    You know it’s funny when I read your entry last nite this Buddhist concept came to mind. And here I am tonite reading all about it. Funny how the universe works. Also interesting to note, well you know I was intrigued about this, was that after states 4 through 6 (the part of the period during which an individual is believed to remain in a kind of limbo between death and rebirth) Tibetan teachings believe that this period will last 49 days. And so I found myself reflecting on that and thinking… Well I’ve always been a late bloomer so what if it’ll take me say 50 days you know cuz I’m 50!! lol. Sorry! Just thought that was funny. But yeah, this whole concept resonates deep with me because it lists the actual intermediate phases one has to pass and somehow it made sense to understand it in that way.

    Thanks again for making my day. I smiled just reading this today and taking it all in.

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