Mum­mi­fied monk claimed to still be alive

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

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’.

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 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 Monk - still alive?

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