Re: QUERY> Bardo in Taiwan?

Dear Carl,

If the term being used is "bardo" or a Chinese phonetic version thereof, the source is quite definitely Tibetan. Tibetan Buddhism has grown astronomically in Taiwan in the past few decades, but the phenomenon has not been much studied. A recent collection that begins to rectify this may be found here: https://publications.efeo.fr/en/livres/913_the-hybridity-of-buddhism

Re: QUERY> Bardo in Taiwan?

Hi Carl. The bardo is not a Taiwanese nor Tibetan invention. There is elaborate debate about the concept (Skt. antarābhava) at least back to the 2nd century BCE Kathāvatthu. There is a good link about it from UVA with references here: https://collab.its.virginia.edu/wiki/renaissanceold/Concept%20Encyclopedia%20Analysis%20-%20The%20Bardo.html.

Regards, Jed

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