Trigger warning: frozen Buddhist
This is an ex-monk. He has ceased to be. Bereft of life, he rests in peace. He has joined the choir invisible:
According to the BBC News, this monk’s body (his robes are beside him in the photo) was found frozen and preserved in Mongolia. There’s no telling how long he’s been dead, but the Mongolian climate probably freeze-dried the body, explaining the remarkable preservation.
The thing is, though, that some Buddhists think he’s alive!
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…
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