Bardo the Intermediate State

In Tibetan Buddhism, it is believed when you die your spirit can wander for up to seven days totally unsure that you have actually died. While in this state of wandering, you don’t have the clarity to see and recognise your own shadow or footprints. It is also believed you are able to get to anywhere to see any places or any family members just by a mere thought of it. 

This state of your soul wandering and the clarity of mind becoming sharper by each day can go on for 49 days until rebirth finally takes place shortly after that. This intermediate state between the death and the rebirth is called the Bardo in Tibetan. 

By the 3rd to 7th day the realisation of death dawns upon the deceased and they are then utterly drowned with the sadness of their loss, their attachment to their family and wealth etc. Tibetans believe we can help by offering prayers and reading holy scriptures to guide them through this state of Bardo. It is believed with this help the departed soul begins to see an amazing ray of light and colours with the clarity of their vision beginning to improve.  

By the end of the next seven days, they will start to experience the dark side of unsightly horrible things without realizing that all they see and experience are the figments of their own imagination. As their mind develops clarity you can then control fear knowing that it is all your mind’s creation.  Hence the practice of meditation is encouraged in Buddhism.

For the next 7 days from today, we have to offer prayers of guidance to the departed soul to help them on their way to find clarity of vision and wisdom to get through the Bardo state to prepare for rebirth into next life. 

Recite “Om Ami Dewa Hri” as many times as you can as this represents the 6 Paramitas (Phar-Chyin-Drug in Tibetan) as detailed below:

1) The Perfection of Generosity (Dana Paramita)
2) The Perfection of Ethics (Sila Paramita)
3) The Perfection of Patience (Kshanti Paramita)
4) The Perfection of Joyous Effort / Enthusiastic Perseverance (Virya Paramita)
5) The Perfection of Concentration (Dhyana Paramita)
6) The Perfection of Wisdom (Prajna Paramita)

Om Ami Dewa Hri


About TYW

I am Tenzin from Devon in England but I am originally from Bhutan. It is a small country in the Himalayas. Famously known as the Land of Gross National Happiness. Tashi Delek!
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2 Responses to Bardo the Intermediate State

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Hi Tenzin, I found your blog on the HUB today, yes I also work at the trust!

    • Tenzin YW says:

      Hi I have followed your page. I like your about page “techno hen” and “haiku master”. It is good to see that you reach out to people and there is nothing wrong in that.

      Good luck with whatever you are doing currently and may see in you in the RDE.


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