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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)

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2012/01/sokushinbutsu-bizarre-practice-of-self.html Further to last post if anyone has an interest.
Allen Hale, Newtownards, Northern Ireland
09/04/2015 18:53
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I thought that the candidates for this went through a prolonged period of certain diets of things we would not normally consume even eating wood like substances until they 'expired'. A very full documentary was on some years ago. Early attempts to create this failed but as with anything mental or written notes were taken and try try again seems to have been the mantra.
Allen Hale, Newtownards, Northern Ireland
09/04/2015 18:50
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I believe that he is a living mummy like in that movie with Boris Karloff.
Mike Morrison , Los Angeles, CA
29/03/2015 04:19
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Interesting to note story has stolen party arrested. Here in Arizona when folks brake the law the risk always out weighs the punishment. Arizona has very strange political difficulties with illegal immigrants from Mexico. Identification fraud is big problem. However, as mentioned, know one cares. Best they can do here is talk about Australia. The country without illegal immigration difficulties. Poverty in Australia is a problem only of the sick, elderly and those unable to work. USA is possible running Ohio Governor John Kasich for President 2016. He runs to sway a vote between extreme climate and the sick and elderly of particular US states. Arizona is perfect nearly all year round, except for hot summers. People simply leave the state. Unless they are politically posturing for attention before receiving upward promotion in leadership position.
kathy white, tempe, arizona
23/03/2015 10:03
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Has there been any indication of this man having any vital signs at all to determine weather or not if he is alive ??
,
10/03/2015 01:49
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I fear Michael Weiss has stayed in a meditative far to long if he thinks that Jesus was a "studier" of Buddhist monks".
James Morgan Bidmead, NYC
09/03/2015 02:28
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An example of incredible self-discipline and fortitude put towards nonsensical ends. That man isn't sleeping or meditating anymore - he is simply dead, and there are perfectly logical scientific explanations for his excellent state of preservation.
Louis, Yonkers NY USA
04/03/2015 16:57
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Chelsea said: "If you're looking at this and you're not religious but you think all religions have some good aspects and are good in their own way, well, that's a nice way to think but it just isn't so." So you think that your religion is the one 'true' religion? Well, congratulations. You have that in common with almost every other religion in the world.
David Ecide, MI, USA
26/02/2015 06:49
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Who here can deny the willpower and spirit still embodied within. Perhaps a living Buddha is that monk who inspires the living to press onward, inward, upward and outward in the eight directions. Clearly this earthly man pursued and gained such absolution that his earthly remains must be seen in a higher light. His single mindedness and complete dedication forever speaks loudly to all who have the honor to see him. The message you choose to hear is but your own.
TK, Long Island, NY
25/02/2015 20:19
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IT IS WRONG THAT THE MONK IS NOT DEAD AND HE IS IN A RARE MEDITATIVE STATE.
The true story is different. Buddhist monks after they had experienced a stage of enlightenment as a result of insight meditation, their bodies were not rotten after death. Instead, they bodies were petrified. They made a wish before they died that their bodies would not rot after death. The reason is that they wanted people to believe the benefits of Buddhist Insight Mediation. No medicine or dying is required to preserve the body. Many of such evidences can be found in Burma where the true Buddhism exists. In Burma, more than 10 bodies of the late sacred monks can be found today. The bodies just lie on bed. Not medicated or dried at all. No maintenance is required like mummies. Some of them are more than 1000 years old and some are only a few years old. Some monks even declared before they died that his body would not be rotten and people must not bury it. This is beyond comprehension of ordinary men.

Egypt mummies are immersed in medicated liquid. They cannot just lie on bed.
Is there any scientist on earth to preserve a dead body without medicated liquid or drying?
As far as I know, no one can preserve a dead body without immersing the body with medicated liquid.
The Mongolia monk is just a proof of the truth of Buddhist Insight Medication.
Thura, Myanmar(Burma)
25/02/2015 16:04
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Brandon B, that was remarkably well worded (sorry for the choice of words haha). I agree completely with you. I have trouble conveying what you just did.
Pat, Ontario
25/02/2015 12:00
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I believe, that as a good monk professor, he grants the request for you to take your clothes and photograph him; because in this way continues to teach and counting what is possible!
Reginaldo Pereira, São Paulo / Brasil
25/02/2015 05:34
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one cannot walk if does not first crawl
anon, USA
25/02/2015 00:57
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hmmm...
norm deplume, new england
24/02/2015 18:21
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As a biologist, I'm going to call dead on this guy. Obviously I can't comment on the state of his consciousness.

They better be careful handling the remains though, self-mummification involved ingestion of toxins such as arsenic over an extended period. That mummy should might have accumulated enough toxins to be classified toxic waste. Sorry for the lack of romance but that's science for you.

AC, Netherlands
24/02/2015 16:27
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