bardo thodol

Grasping is the source of all our problems. Since impermanence to us spells anguish, we grasp onto things desperately, even though all things change. We are terrified of letting go, terrified, in fact, of living at all, since learning to live is learning to let go.
–And this is the tragedy and the irony of our struggle to hold on: Not only is it impossible, but it brings us the very pain we are seeking to avoid.
—  Sogyal Rinpoche from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

I just watched this movie called “Enter The Void” which is about this kid who takes DMT and crazy shit happens. Anyways, in the movie there is talk of the Tibetan Book of The Dead. This book is also referred to as “Bardo Thodol” in Standard Tibetan and “The Liberation Through Hearing During The Intermediate State” in English. I did a little research on it, and ended up finding a copy of it online. I read into it, and started learning all about Tibetan Buddhism and about the first, second and third Bardo. I had already had some minimal previous knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, but this book, holy shit…blew my mind. This is going to sound weird, but I’ve never been so sure of something. Life makes more sense now. 

O, Child of Buddha Nature, listen without distraction. Although the bardo of the peaceful deities did previously arise within you, you did not recognise it. So now you have wandered to here. Now, on the eighth day, the assembly of wrathful blood-drinking deities will arise. Recognise them and do not be distracted!…

The Assembly of Fifty-eight Wrathful Deities.

Text from the Tibetan Book of the Dead.


Bardo Thodol by Demdike Stare. definitely on my radar as of today. their music is crazy, especially if you’re into any of these: minimal, techno, drone, tribal, dark ambient, world music, sample based music, horror movie soundtracks, or anything remotely occult sounding.