Mummified Monk Sits Inside 1,000-year-old Buddha Statue

A special examination conducted in the Meander Medical Centre in Netherlands found that a Buddha statue dating back to the 11th or 12th century encases the mummified remains of a monk.

Erik Bruijn, an expert in the field of Buddhist art and culture and guest curator at the World Museum in Rotterdam, had led the study which determined that the mummy was that of Buddhist master Liuquan, who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School. A CT scan and endoscopy were carried out by Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, Netherlands Times reported.

The discovery is of great cultural significance, not only because it is one of a kind, but also because rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing were found inside the statue. Read more.

Corpse of 200-Year-Old Monk Found in Lotus Position

The amazingly intact remains of a meditating monk have been discovered in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia, according to a report in Mongolia’s Morning News.

The mummified body, which was covered in animal skin, has been sitting in the lotus position for about 200 years.

According to the report, no information is so far available as to where the body was found.

“The only details we learned was that it was covered with a cattle skin,” the newspaper wrote.

Researchers at the Ulaanbaatar National Centre of Forensic Expertise are now analyzing the remains. Read more.

Life and Death.
Pushkar. India.

Swamiji explains to me” this is life and this is death, they go together.”as few people pass by us taking a dead body to burning ground as per hindu rituals. On my stay in pushkar i met this sadhu daily for couple of days before he moved to vrindavan.

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long time no see, tumblr! ive been busy these past few weeks trying to settle into LA and find an apartment, so apologies if i have fallen off the face of tumblr. here have a sloth monk to make up for my lack of updates!