Kagyu Changchub Chuling

A center for the practice and study of Vajrayana Buddhism founded by His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche

Skillfully Traversing the Bardos — Practices for Living and Dying

Event Leader: 
Lama Eric Triebelhorn
Zoom conference call

A four-week course beginning July 6. Led by Lama Eric Triebelhorn.

We will explore the four bardos (the four intermediate states) as taught by the mahasiddhas or great tantric masters of the past. These bardos are the phases of life, death, transition, and rebirth that we all undergo while caught in cyclic existence. We will consider the nature of these experiences, how to prepare for them utilizing practices we already know, and the opportunities for liberation they present. Each class will contain meditations relevant to that evening’s discussion.

Understanding the nature of these bardos can reduce much of the fear and anxiety that ordinarily accompany death and grant us tools navigate them as skillfully as possible, potentially leading to liberation from confused existence altogether.

Logistical information

Date(s):  July 6, 13, 20, 27
Times:   6:30-8:00pm
Location:  Zoom


$90  - for those of limited means
$180 - suggested donation
$230 -  for those able to give more and cover for those who have less
You may contribute as you are able. No one will be turned away.

Suggested Readings

Mind Beyond Death by Dzogchen Ponlop
A very comprehensive overview of the bardos and associated practices, this is the most extensive of the texts offered here. Ponlop Rinpoche’s command of English makes his style very approachable while still being grounded in tradition. Also the only work listed that quotes The Rolling Stones.

Advice On Dying —or— Mind of Clear Light by HH the Dalai Lama
Confusingly published under two different titles, this book is a commentary by His Holiness on a prayer by the first Panchen Lama of the Gelukpa school. There so much wonderful advice and customarily clear elucidation of many familiar topics in this work. The poem itself is a comprehensive overview of the bardos and associated practices.

Bardo: Interval of Possibility by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
This is a concise yet complete treatment of the bardos by a contemporary scholar-practitioner of our tradition. Khenpo Rinpoche was installed at the Gyalwang Karmapa’s seat in North America, KTD in Woodstock, NY where he lived and taught for many decades. The book is clear and to the point.

The Mirror of Mindfulness by Tsele Natsok Rangdrol
From the author of Heart of the Matter, which I have quoted from on Shamatha or Vipashyana retreats. Slightly more technical or classical in style. Perhaps not the best book for those who only want to peruse one, but full of many gems nonetheless.