Saturday, May 16, 2015

bardo in spring

Bardo means, among other things, in-between state. The Tibetan Book of the Dead describes various bardo states which the psyche goes through during the process of dying. Bardo could also refer to any type of experience involving uncertainty. Lohbado sometimes experienced bardo as a sense of transparency. This occurred a few weeks ago when for some inexplicable reason he became violently ill, with vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. The visceral part lasted about an hour. Once his body rid itself of bodily substances, he felt hollow, or empty. It made him reflect on the nature of time as a flow from one instant to the next and on the digestive model of existence.

The present almost instantly slides into the past as new moments occur. There is a constant letting go or leaving behind of one moment while welcoming or entering into the next moment. In terms of digestion, one eats several times a day. Eating is a process of contact and transformation. Food from outside contacts the body, enters the digestive tract and is transformed into nutrients and waste. In terms of everyday life, one constantly acquires things and throws things out after they get old or break beyond repair. Bardo could be viewed as something positive, as it allows infinite space for imagination, creativity and exploration. In this sense, there's no need to impose limits, since reality is a wide open continuum.

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