Buddhists claim mummified monk found in Mongolia is meditating and 'not dead'

The senior Buddhists have claimed that the mummified monk found in Mongolia on 27 January is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.

London: The senior Buddhists have claimed that the mummified monk found in Mongolia on 27 January 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, the BBC reported.

Scientists have yet to determine how the monk was so well-preserved, though some think Mongolia's cold weather could be the reason.

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" and if the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he could become a Buddha.

The identity of the monk is unclear, though there are speculations that he was the teacher of Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, who was also found mummified.

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