Death and Rebirth in the Time of Coronavirus

Nancy Watanabe, Worship Associate

In Tibetan Buddhism, after you die, everyone enters the bardo—a liminal space between death and rebirth, which can last between 7 and 49 days. The time spent in the bardo is transitional and one’s consciousness can move closer to (or further from) enlightenment. The bardo can also be understood as any transitional time in our lives.

During the in-between time we collectively find ourselves in, what new is being born in us? How can we use this time for our own growth?

Special Music: “We’ve Only Just Begun” by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, performed by Melissa Marote