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The Peace of the In-between State

In the literal description of the bardo [a.k.a., “intermediate state”], “in-between” describes an insubstantial, nonmaterial state of being that is in the process of seeking to return to substance. It seeks to solidify, and to once again become some-body. From within our material forms, we already know that generally the experience of ourselves as “no-thing” and “no-body” is simply unbearable. We humans actually cannot stand this possibility — unless we wake up and realize that this transient and fluid state is our true home.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
from In Love with the World, What a Monk Can Teach You About Living from Nearly Dying