Bardo Thodol

Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones

The Bardo Thodol differentiates the intermediate state between lives into three bardos:

Together these "six bardos" form a classification of states of consciousness into six broad types. Any state of consciousness can form a type of "intermediate state", intermediate between other states of consciousness. Indeed, one can consider any momentary state of consciousness a bardo, since it lies between our past and future existences; it provides us with the opportunity to experience reality, which is always present but obscured by the projections and confusions that are due to our previous unskillful actions.