Module 6

From the Bardos of Death through Prenatal Development to the Moment of Birth  

Module details

Lecturers: Ven Mingyur Rinpoche and Dr Meyrav Mor

Guest Lecturers: Dr Susan Davidsonand Tawni Tidwell 

Dates: 31 August to 4 September 2020

Duration: 5 days, 17 hours

Time: 17.30 – 21.00 Nepal time  

Format: Live streaming

Fee: $100

Maximum number of students: 30

Module description

IIn the previous four modules we studied the bardo of living, the time from birth to the end of life. In this module we continue our study of human development focusing on the bardos of death and the prenatal phase of the bardo of life. Prenatal development, the period from conception to birth, is studied here from physiological, epigenetic, psychological and Steinerian perspectives.


As an important part of understanding child development from the Buddhist view of human development, Ven Mingyur Rinopche will take us through the extraordinary journey from the moment of death across the bardo of liberation, the bardo of becoming and back into the bardo of living at the moment of conception. Rinpoche will then explain Buddhist prenatal development as taught in Nanda’s Sutra and the Kalachakra Tantra. 


Bardo means intermediate or in-between. All our experiences are part of one bardo or another, be it the bardo of living or the bardos of death. From a Buddhist perspective, it is incomplete to study prenatal development without considering that this present life arises from previous life existence. Relative or samsaric existence is described in terms of: moment of conception, lifespan from birth to death, moment of death itself, and the state between two lives. The bardos are a natural consequence of the continuity of mindstream wandering in beginningless samsara through the six realms under the influence of confusion. The entire bardo of samsara only ends when we rediscover our true nature. 

Dr Meyrav Mor will present experiential arts relating to the bardo of liberation and Kristin Powers experiential arts relating to stages of prenatal development.