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Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

By Kate Baklitskaya
02 February 2015

As police say lama found in lotus positon was destined for sale on black market, there are claims it was one step away from becoming a Buddha.

The mummified remains, covered in cattle skin, were found on January 27 in the Songinokhairkhan province. Picture: Morning Newspaper 

A mummified monk found in the lotus position in Mongolia is 'not dead' and is instead one stage away from becoming a real-life Buddha, it has been claimed.

Forensic examinations are under way on the amazing remains, which are believed to be around 200 years old, having been preserved in animal skin. But one expert has insisted the human relic is actually in 'very deep meditation' and in a rare and very special spiritual state known as 'tukdam'.

Over the last 50 years there are said to have been 40 such cases in India involving meditating Tibetan monks.

Dr Barry Kerzin, a famous Buddhist monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, said: 'I had the privilege to take care of some meditators who were in a tukdam state.

'If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks - which rarely happens - his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes. Usually in this case, people who live next to the monk see a rainbow that glows in the sky for several days. This means that he has found a 'rainbow body'. This is the highest state close to the state of Buddha'.

He added: 'If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha. Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy'.

Initial speculation is that the mummy could be a teacher of Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.

Born in 1852, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov was a Buryat Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, best known for the lifelike state of his body.

Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert


Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

The 'meditating monk' and the house in Mongolia where it was hidden. Pictures: Morning Newspaper 


Ganhugiyn Purevbata, who is the founder and professor of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulaanbaatar Buddhist University, said: 'Lama is sitting in the lotus position vajra, the left hand is opened, and the right hand symbolizes of the preaching Sutra.

'This is a sign that the Lama is not dead, but is in a very deep meditation according to the ancient tradition of Buddhist lamas'.

The mummified remains, which were covered in cattle skin, were found on January 27 in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia.

However, there is more to the story and now police have revealed that the monk had been stolen from another part of the country and was about to be sold off.

An unnamed official said that it was taken from a cave in the Kobdsk region by a man who then hid it in his own home in Ulaanbaatar.

He had then been planning to sell it on the black market at a 'very high price', with local media claiming he wanted to take it over the Mongolian border. Police uncovered the plot and quickly arrested a 45-year-old, named only as Enhtor. 

According to Article 18 of the Criminal Code of Mongolia smuggling items of cultural heritage are punishable with either a fine of up to 3million roubles ($43,000) or between five and 12 years in prison. The monk is now being guarded at the National Centre of Forensic Expertise at Ulaanbaatar.

Comments (188)

A mummified monk is only waiting for the rapture. The great day of the Lord I wish to be allowed to join the monks, oh! I wish to spend the rest of my life as a monk serving God and humanity where am gonna pile away till my dying day. SATUDAY 24/10/2015 11:01
AFAM CHRIS @ afamchrisoneday@yahoo.com, OGBAKU IMO SATE NIGERIA
24/10/2015 18:08
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Where can I go to do this? I have nothing better to do in such a hopeless world.

facebook.com/VampireKadesh
Dotku Kadesh, NW --USA
16/10/2015 03:25
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BEAUTIFUL
TOYO, SALATIGA INDONESIA
29/07/2015 11:04
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Amazingly Beautiful...Eternal in life as in death...
Katrina, Australia
06/07/2015 15:57
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What an interesting post. The picture of the monk is amazing to look at and I sort of get it.

But I could never go with out food for three weeks to get to that state - LOL
Rachel, Australia
30/06/2015 16:20
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Looks quite dead to me!
JovanW, Council Bluffs, USA
28/06/2015 15:39
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I think he is alive ...an im hoping to find out very soon
rose, burlington IA
11/06/2015 22:14
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I wil soon later believe that mummies could be sometimes protected by their spiritual owning within it's self..........
Elasu Alfred, Kampala Uganda
28/05/2015 06:16
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He's dead...lol and people tell me belief in God is gullible...
Logan, STL
24/05/2015 21:47
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I have been vilified in the past for saying this ..... the remains of the dead should be reburied or at the least returned to where they came from. We should NEVER put them on display. Please show this monk the respect he deserves.
Deb M, Saint Louis /USA
22/05/2015 08:04
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If the monk is not dead do you think they will be able to take him out of the meditative trance?
Matthew Garside,
20/05/2015 23:04
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The article seems pretty dark,there is most likely a chance of him being already brain dead,but you will never know.Maybe they never dared to run some tests on the monk and left him in peace until he meditates for eternity.I'm not Buddhist but that's my opinion
Luc, Singapore
15/05/2015 16:10
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The article seems pretty dark,there is most likely a chance of him being already brain dead,but you will never know.Maybe they never dared to run some tests on the monk and left him in peace until he meditates for eternity
Luc, Singapore
15/05/2015 16:07
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beautiful. we must leave room for mystery in order to continue learning. i pray that he makes it to buddha.. :)
t.honey, los angeles
27/04/2015 02:20
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Still alive, P-L-E-A-S-E, he is just mummified if there is no heart beat the body is a corps (plain and simple). LOL, if he was stolen the isn't that a kidnapping? He could just walk away then?
Bill Bixley, Chicago/USA
25/04/2015 02:03
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