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Old 16-09-2011, 08:49 PM   #670
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Human embryology is the study of human development during the first eight weeks from gametogenesis (sperm and oocyte development) pre-conception through fertilization (conception of sperm and oocyte in the ampulla arm where the fallopian tube and ovary adjoin) up to and including the 8th week after implantation of the zygote (fertilized egg) in the uterus. After the 8th week of implantation, the developing embryo becomes a fetus. Usually, most individuals spend the first nine months (38 weeks or 266 days) of life within the uterus of the mother.

Used loosely, the term "bardo" refers to the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one's next birth, when one's consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a particular sequence of degeneration from, just after death, the clearest experiences of reality of which one is spiritually capable, and then proceeding to terrifying hallucinations that arise from the impulses of one's previous unskillful actions. For the prepared and appropriately trained individuals the bardo offers a state of great opportunity for liberation, since transcendental insight may arise with the direct experience of reality, while for others it can become a place of danger as the karmically created hallucinations can impel one into a less than desirable rebirth.

The Bardo Thodol is a guide that is read aloud to the dead while they are in the state between death and reincarnation in order for them to recognize the nature of their mind and attain liberation from the cycle of rebirth.
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