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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)

i do not believe the fellow is alive but i have no proof that he is not either, but as someone who tries to follow Buddha's teachings, any thing is possible !
robert, texas
19/06/2017 10:16
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He found a great way to evade taxation!
Scott Turnbaugh, United States
24/09/2017 12:26
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I love the guy that comments that the monk has been dead for hundreds of years. Common core math at its finest.
Me, N/A
23/09/2017 07:21
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWI0tuTlb3k

"Tardigrade Frozen For 30 Years & Brought Back to Life"
Mr. Freeze, USA
17/09/2017 13:25
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Kinda funny budhism was around thousands of years before Christianity yet every one believes a man rose from the dead with 0 proof he existed except a book written a thousand years after he fact. Atleast there is so evidence to look at even if he is dead in this case. I see 0 evidence for anything in the bible.
Jett, Earth
16/09/2017 10:45
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Obviously this physical body will not suddenly start to breath again. It's skin will not turn pink as the heart suddenly starts to beat. The eyes will not open and glance at you. Organs and other essential parts of the body probably do not exist anymore. Maybe we should add some water, like in the story of Instant Cat by Frederic Brown.
It may be a very nice way to die in this way, deeply concentrated on a certain thought or on no thought at all. People are free to do what they want as long as it doesn't harm others or self. Did he do this to teach us something, to send a message to the world? What strength of mind and determination!
Mayatiita , Universe
10/06/2017 00:29
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People now a days are very very uptight and closed minded. This man could be alive for all we know. Scientists could be hiding so many things from us. After what I just said I expect there to be some scientist saying "that's not true, and I would know because im a scientist" I am talking about the real scientists, the goverment scientists. Not the scientists who find a new kind of plant, or new kind of spider.
Open Minded, usa
03/06/2017 02:43
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No of us in this comment section actually know whether or not this man is alive. Personally, I think that it is absurd that people don't even think that something like this is possible. Anything, and I mean anything is possible scientists don't know everything and haven't found everything about the earth. It is everyone's right to have an opinon, but to tell other people that they are stupid for believing something? Saying that people who actually believe this article should be get some "serious mental health" is like saying if someone belives in jesus or buddha or anything else should get mental help. Well that was all I had to say, you can call me dumb, stupid, annoying, crazy, a hypocrite, but it won't have any affect. Goodbye, thanks for reading and have a nice day!
Baily Smith, California
02/06/2017 09:17
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Anyone who believes that this mummy is alive is in need of some serious mental help.The dedication it takes to meditate until you die is extraordinary. I suppose without the remains of the monks who do this to themselves I wouldn't have believed it.
I simply can't understand how anyone can think that this mummified body is alive it is so blatantly obvious that the man is dead and has been dead for hundreds of years this monk is no more alive than any of the mummies found in Egypt.
Seriously to all those who believe this fellow is alive prove it, wake him up, find a pulse, show us some brain activity of any sort. I can tell you right now that you can't simply because the man is dead. You see science works and if you can't show some actual scientific evidence proving that this dead man is alive then you must accept the truth of the situation if he's alive then we're dead.
KoolBreeze, Midland On.
11/04/2017 01:34
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"How sad that people in this day and time can idolize these poor deranged souls and their pagan religions. The man is dead and has been so for a very long time. He is dead. He is not a rainbow - he is a carcass."



This seems like a great spot to insert a picture of Jesus.



Because wow irony.
Senevri, Finland
22/03/2017 19:26
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If I'm asked about religion I say Buddhism. Because for me it fits my way of thinking and maybe the least violent and to say its pagan is just typical Christianity. That said all religion is just a load of BS for way back when no one had a clue why the wind blew or the ground shook. And for thousands of years the main culprit for all wars. Just my opinion
Peter H , England
26/01/2017 18:50
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Peter... as well as those of you who agree with Peter,

It is the unbelievably, arrogant, self-serving, close-minded, men (and I use the term loosely) like you who give Christianity a bad name. I pray that one day you can feel the peace this man has and see the light that our loving God has for all of His children.
Susan, Texas, USA
23/01/2017 08:33
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how one can believe without GURU.
naresh kumar jha, darbhanga/india
19/11/2016 19:47
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Really sad how judgmental and close-minded people can be to poke fun at religion and spirituality. Yes, he's dead scientifically speaking, but spiritually, he's alive. Maybe the preservation can be scientifically AND spiritually explained. Just stop for a moment and realize how amazing this man is from a spiritual and scientific standpoint.
Why does it have to be black or white? Remember, you don't know everything and you never will. NO ONE is perfect. All you can do is live life in the moment, show tolerance and treat people as you'd like to be treated, and be open-minded to possibilities. We learn new things every day. Science is still making breakthroughs all of the time. We as a species are still evolving. So when someone makes snide comments about how their religion is superior, how they know the answer to everything, you're just making yourself and the religion you stand for as very petty and arrogant. Learn some humility.
Open-minded, USA
03/09/2016 15:15
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He is being laid to rest. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/buddhist-monks-mummified-remains-be-returned-grave-mongolia-1490342
Logan, US
17/06/2016 01:31
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