Tukdam Meditation State Works. Here’s A 200 Year Old Buddhist

Buddhist experts and scientists are saying that the 200 year old monk (below) who was found last week meditating in Mongolia is not dead. According to both the Buddhist tradition and Eastern science, the 200 year old Buddhist monk is still alive and has now entered “Rainbow State.”

Mongolian newspapers are reporting the scientific discovery of a mummified monk found in the province of Songino Khairkhan. Despite being over 200 years old, and sitting in meditation position on the floor, the monk’s body has miraculously remained in excellent preservation.

In reporting the discovery, Dr Barry Kerzin [a famous Buddhist monk and physician to the Dalai Lama], stated, “It has been my great honour and privilege to take care of meditators in tukdam state.”

The 200 year old Buddhist monk is now in Tukdam meditation State, says Dr Kerzin

This 200 year old Buddhist monk was found in Tukdam state. Tukdam state is a very advanced meditation state.

Tukdam state refers to a specific meditation practice in which monks continue to meditate after death.  Dr Kerzin states, “If a monk is capable of maintaining this deep meditative state for more than three weeks after death, the body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains of the person is his hair, nails, and clothes. People who have found monks in this state usually see rainbows above the deceased monk. The rainbow glows for many days, which signifies that the monk has found “Rainbow Body”—the highest state of enlightenment as defined by Buddha.”

Tukdam state meditation is used by Buddhist monks to ascend to a higher state. As Dr Kerzin says, “If the meditator can stay in Tukdam meditation state, he can become a Buddha. At this level of enlightenment, the monk will then become a spiritual aid to others seeking enlightenment.”

Scientists are absolutely shocked. the 200 year old Buddhist monk is alive. He was found in Tukdam state, which transcends death. Only very advanced Buddhists can reach Tukdam state.


The picture above actually shows a 200 year old Buddhist monk who is in a mummified condition. Buddhist belief holds that the monk is not dead, but Western media is skeptical.

It was Ulaan Baatar art professor Ganhugiyn Purevbata who claimed that the mummy is not dead. He was explaining the symbolic positioning of the monk’s body.

The mummy was found on January 27 2016 by police and was destined for sale on the black market. Buddhists argue that the monk, who was found upright and in a meditating position, was not dead and was in fact just one stage away from becoming a Buddha. Forensic reports confirm that the monk is 200 years old and was preserved in animal skin.

Dr Barry Kerzin is a famous monk and physician to the Dalai Lama. He claims to have cared for several monks who were in a similar state, performing Thukdam meditation. There have been more than 40 such cases reported in India. If a monk stays in such a state for more than three weeks, Kerzin says the body “shrinks. In the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes.” People who see the monk in this last stage report seeing “a rainbow that glows in the sky for several days. This means that he has found a ‘rainbow body’. This is the highest state close to the state of Buddha”.

It is believed that the monk in the picture is Dashi-Dorzho Itigilovm, who was born in1852.

Ganhugiyn Purevbata, founder of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art, says the mummified monk is “sitting in the lotus position vajra, the left hand is opened, and the right hand symbolizes of the preaching Sutra

In Vajrayana Buddhism it is a common practice for the bodies of teachers to be entombed in lotus position and preserved in salt. Most Dalai Lama’s have been preserved this way and are now held in Potala Palace in Lhasa.

Author Lama Surya Das, who wrote one of the leading books on Buddhist studies, “Awakening The Buddha Within”, says “There are no zombie Lamas… The monk was an enlightened meditation master who approached death consciously and with intention, who died in meditation, in posture, sitting up.”

It is after death that the monks body enters the state called Tukdam (or “Thukdam”). And at this point the monk is dead, biologically speaking, but Buddhists believe that the mind may endure in the state known as “Buddha-mind”. “Tuk” actually means “Buddha mind” and “dam” means “one with”.  This state may last for a few weeks before the body starts to decompose and crumple.

This doesn’t just happen in Mongolia. It’s happened in New York too. In 2014 a Buddhist monk entered tukdam state at the Buddhist center on West 16th Street in New York. The monk say meditating in tukdam for ten days.

It’ the symbolism of the monk that has really endured and that has captured the hearts and minds of people in the West.

Symbolically, the monk seems to say, “Do good in the world and your influence will endure for many years after your death”.

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