The Bardo generally refers to the time in-between the separation of our mind or consciousness from our present physical body, to the time the consciousness enters the mother’s womb for re-birth. All Tibetan traditions teach: (1) that there are three main Bardo states;(2) that all sentient beings will experience the Bardo; and finally, (3)that the different Bardo states will arise consecutively.
In the Zhang Zhung Nyan-gyud tradition, the three Bardo states are:
1) The First Bardo, the Bardo of the Natural State (ka dag bon sku)
2) The Second Bardo, the Bardo of Clear Light (bon nyid ‘od gsal gyi)
3) The Bardo of Becoming, the next life (pha rol srid pa’i)
An experienced practitioner who has prepared and has some knowledge or skills will be able to recognize the Bardo states and, depending on individual capacity and experience, it is possible to reach enlightenment or the complete realization of mind, in the first, second or the third Bardo.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is primarily concerned with methods that enable people to pass skillfully through the process of death without fear of the many experiences that will be encountered; however, the book is addressed as much to the living as to the dying. It is a book about how to live, as well as book about how to die.
Geshe La wrote a book about the Bardo in the Tibetan language; he will guide and help participants to create a clearer picture of what to expect in each of the three Bardos. Through mindfulness and meditation practices on each Bardo, we can begin to take control over our lives and our fears, now and for the future.