This mummified monk was recently discovered in Mongolia. Wrapped in traditional buddhist robes and extremely well preserved, the condition of this mummy is baffling researchers. Buddhists leaders say the monk is sitting in the lotus position and is in a deep meditative trance - not dead.
The doctor 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 Barry Kerzin, reports. "Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy."
The meditator was discovered in a cave when a man tried to steal him to sell on the black market. The thief was arrested and the meditator is now being guarded at the National Centre of Forensic Expertise.
Is it possible that this monk has attained buddha-like status by using meditation? It wouldn't be the first time evidence like this has presented itself. In the documentary called "The Boy With Divine Powers" [Watch Here], a boy mediates for over 7 years to attain a buddhahood realiziation, reportedly without eating, or even sleeping. The powers of meditation will continue to astound science, however buddhists seem to be well aware of this kind of phenomenon. Usually secretive about these feats, buddhist monks have slowly opened up about these legendary practices.