Amazing picture shows 200-year-old mummified monk found meditating in Mongolia
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THESE are the amazingly intact remains of a monk meditating that have lain undiscovered in Mongolia since sometime in the 1800s.
The body was found covered in a cattle skin yesterday in the Songinokhairkhan district, close to the country’s capital Ulaanbaatar.
“The mummified body sits in a lotus position, as if still meditating,” said a report in Mongolia’s Morning Newspaper.
“Experts that only had time to carry basic visual test say they believe the body can be about 200 years old.”
“So far there is no information as to where the body was found. The only details we learnt was that it was covered with a cattle skin,” the report added.
The mummy has been delivered to the Ulaanbataar National Centre of Forensic Expertise for further investigation.
Initial speculation is that the mummy could be a teacher of famous Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.
Mummified monk in Mongolia 'not dead', say Buddhists
A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him.
Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.
Forensic examinations are under way on the remains, found wrapped in cattle skins in north-central Mongolia.
Scientists have yet to determine how the monk is so well preserved, though some think Mongolia's cold weather could be the reason.
But Dr Barry Kerzin, a physician to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, told the Siberian Times that the monk was in a rare state of meditation called "tukdam".
"If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha," Dr Kerzin said.
The monk was discovered after being stolen by a man hoping to sell him on the black market.
Mongolian police have arrested the culprit and the monk is now being guarded at the National Centre of Forensic Expertise.
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Many years ago I read that monks can stay years in this state and not die..... one I read of was 3 years another 27 years..... so is this monk dead....? It would be interesting if they could bring him back wouldn't it..... I have read of them being buried in this state and taken out years later and they were still alive.