Bardo: life after death  

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Bardo: life after death

The doctrine of death and rebirth,  Bardo todrol, was born in Tibetan Buddhism. The information about it is presented in the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Death  is not the end, but the birth is not the beginning. Death means that the higher self “I”  leaves the gross body.
The term “bardo” refers to  “transitional state”  of consciousness and usually the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth.


However, in a cyclic process of life-death-rebirth, there are four main types of Bardo, i.e transitional states of consciousness according to some schools in Tibet.

1. The first type of these states is Bardo of Birth, this is what we call life. It is also called Bardo of life.
Now we are born and live in the world of humans. Our individual karma, that is, the actions that we commit during our  present lifetime will determine the kind of world we will be reborn in our next lifetime.
Within Bardo of life we can distinguish three types of consciousness state: Bardo of sleeping state, Bardo of awaken state, and Bardo of meditative state.

2. Bardo of the moment of death is a state that lasts from the beginning of dying until the separation of the soul from the body.
Just before the death, the senses stop working, and this is  a sign of entering into the Bardo of dying. First, we no longer hear, then no longer see, then subsequently the sense of smell disappears, then the taste and the touch. After that, while we are still alive, our body begins to break down into four basic elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Wind. Upon the completion of this process we are considered dead.
However, after the death, the soul for a short time still remains in the heart center.

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