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THE BARDOS

A Tibetan Thangka depicting the Lord of Death consuming the six realms of physical existence.

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The Tibetan word "bardo" means transition, gap or "in-between  state".  The Tibetan Book of the Dead describes a series of bardos, or transitional states that one's consciousness is said to experience from the onset of physical death through rebirth in a new incarnation.  In brief, they are:

1 - THE BARDO OF DYING

The conscious failure of the processes of one’s own body happens first and is experienced in progressive stages. BardoVR initially simulates these transitions with images and sound; later phases will add haptic body and environmental stimulations.

2 - THE BARDO OF LUMINOSITY

Pure awareness, manifested as infinite luminosity, is the initial state that our consciousness is said to experience after death. The universe is filled with radiant displays of deep and subtle light, accompanied by primal sounds of thunder, wind, rushing water, and fire.

3 - THE BARDO OF BECOMING

This bardo consists of several stages, including the appearance of gods and demons, a ghostly journey across desolate plains and rugged mountains, a judgement scene in which one's sins and virtues are weighed, and an introduction to rebirth into one of the six realms of physical existence.