Four bardos (Tib. བར་དོ་བཞི་, bardo shyi, Wyl. bar do bzhi) —
- the natural bardo of this life which begins when a connection with a new birth is first made and continues until the conditions that will certainly lead to death become manifest.
- the painful bardo of dying which begins when these conditions manifest and continues until the 'inner respiration' ceases and the luminosity of the dharmakaya dawns.
- the luminous bardo of dharmata which lasts from the moment the dharmakaya luminosity dawns after death and continues until the visions of precious spontaneous perfection are complete.
- the karmic bardo of becoming which lasts from the moment the bardo body is created and continues until the connection with a new rebirth is made.