200-year-old mummified monk in ‘deep meditation,’ Buddhist experts say
Buddhist experts have said that the mummified monk found in Mongolia is in a state of 'very deep meditation'
Buddhist experts have said that a 200-year-old mummified monk found in Mongolia last week is in a state of “very deep meditation” rather than dead.
The newly discovered remains were found wrapped in cattle skins in north-central Mongolia. Investigators say they may have been of a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism or Lama.
While the notion seems to baffle those who discovered the remains, an expert of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said 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,” Barry Kerzin told The Siberian Times.
Also, a professor at the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art said that the mummified monk is not dead.
“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,” Ganhugiyn Purevbata told The Siberian Times.
The monk was discovered after being stolen by a man aiming to sell him on the black market, according to the BBC.
The man was arrested by Mongolian police and the monk was taken to the National Centre of Forensic Expertise
Mongolian police have arrested the culprit and the monk is now being guarded at the National Centre of Forensic Expertise, according to The Telegraph.