Monday, Feb 26 2024
All Cities
Choose Your City
'In Novosibirsk... you feel the same energy as in Moscow, New York or London'

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

By 0 and 0 and 0
02 February 2015


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 (195)

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
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
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
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
one cannot walk if does not first crawl
anon, USA
25/02/2015 00:57
norm deplume, new england
24/02/2015 18:21
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
Seems really disrespectful to remove his robes and photograph him naked when he is so revered and when whether he's dead is being called into question. I hope he achieves or achieved his goal of becoming a Buddha.
M. Fraser, Albuquerque NM, USA
24/02/2015 11:56
jay shiv, vancouver usa
24/02/2015 09:51
after having read some of the most rated comments, id like to state is it not amazing how much controversy can spring from a comment on what some would call a mummified Buddhist. Arguments about the terminology of life and death as they are understood currently and even what I feel are uneducated comments about " There is only one family I want to be in and it's the family that guarantees that I'm safe not by my own actions, but by complete grace." (which I feel is extremely lazy of anyone) this story raises the mind to a higher since of things engaging us to conversation about such deeper issues than, "that man was going to sell a body on the black market" or "how do I get ahold of the black market do they have a contact number" perhaps even this "Incredible that this lama was capable of remaining in lotus position even through his transcendence from life to death as some might refer to it" Also if you have never sat in a meditative position before try doing so for lets about one hour if you make it that far I will be incredibly impressed, while doing so attempt to think of only one statement and focus on only one image conjoining the two into a single idea, meditate on this then comment. As id have to agree there entirely too many judgmental (including this one) and abrasively rude comments about this lama and his faith. P.S. Jesus was probably a studier of Buddhist monks and Hindi yogi's " I am the path and the light for which you seek" LOOK INTO THAT ONE!
michael weise, Ruidoso, New Mexico
24/02/2015 09:25
WOW Some of the posts on here are very judgement and disrespectful.
Julie Elliott, Ontario Canada
24/02/2015 08:19
We are more than our bodies in the flesh he is gone; but his soul remains in this realm, for now. Some people can't understand words beyond there dictionary definition.
Marlee Putney, colorado; united states
24/02/2015 06:48
I can't imagine giving up a life of action for this. Jesus is the only God I know that calls us to live. Not to give up a life of greatness and action for the Lord to sit in silence. Faith without works is dead. 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. There is only one family I want to be in and it's the family that guarantees that I'm safe not by my own actions but by complete grace. The only religion whose God doesn't require us to save ourselves is the true teachings of Jesus Christ. Not the phony Christianity you see nowadays but the real hidden truth that you won't find until you start looking to God for the truth. God bless you all, I pray you all may have opportunities to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Chelsea, Ohio
24/02/2015 06:32
The way this article is written suggests that the monk is still alive, obviously for clicking purposes and that is quite disappointing. Also there is no express reference to "the expert" and "the physician"... thank you for almost no information.
JNC, Lausanne
24/02/2015 03:19
I find all of this indignation over the very suggestion that this man may be alive to be very interesting. Why do you care that some people choose to believe that he achieved a higher state of consciousness through meditation? No one is asking you to do it. Personally, I kind of admire him, whether he succeeded or not. As a person of very little faith, I have to agree that yes, he appears to be very, very dead. I can't think of anything in this world that I would lay down and starve myself to death for, but I can't help but wonder what I might accomplish if I had even half of the will and faith that it must've taken to do what he did.
Renee, AL, USA
23/02/2015 23:19

Add your comment

We welcome a healthy debate, but do not accept offensive or abusive comments. Please also read 'Siberian Times' Privacy Policy



Add your comments

The views expressed in the comments above are those of our readers. 'Siberian Times' reserves the right to pre-moderate some comments.

Control code*

Type the code

* obligatory



The Bank of Russia official exchange rates of foreign currencies