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The Meaning of Bardo

The Tibetan word bardo literally means “between two.” Although it is popularly taken to refer to the after-death state, its principal meaning is the nowness in every moment of time, the continually moving point between past and future. Thus bardo occurs at every moment of time, and to understand it is to understand the development of consciousness. The key to its understanding is nowness.

From “The Bardo” in Selected Writings, page 554 in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Six.

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