Unlike his predecessor, aged 200, this monk is truly dead

Unlike his predecessor, aged 200, this monk is truly dead January 19, 2016

Last year snorts of derision echoed across the globe when high level Buddhists claimed that a 200-year-old monk found mummified in Mongolia was not in fact dead, but in a state of deep meditation.
Well, another mummified monk is now in the news, having recently been exhumed from the vat in which he was placed when he died aged 92 in 2012.
No claims are being made this time that Monk Fuhou is merely meditating. This report just says that he’s to be immortalised as a gold-plated Buddha statue.

Fuhou’s mummified body, in the lotus position, was removed from a vat at the Puzhao temple in Quanzhou, Fujian Province. His body was said to have been preserved as a “mark of respect”. He had practiced Buddhism for 81 years.
Monks who attended the “open cylinder” ceremony on Zimao Mountain noted monk Fuhou had not rotted in the sealed vat.
In February last year, after the 200-year-old monk, above, was discovered, Dr Barry Kerzin, physician to the Dalai Lama, and a Buddhist academic said that the mummified remains were in a state of tukdam, one step away from reaching enlightenment and becoming a Buddha.
He added:

I had the privilege to take care of some meditators who were in a tukdam state. If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks – which rarely happens – his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes.
Usually in this case, people who live next to the monk see 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.
If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha. Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy.

Barry Kerzin meditating with EEG for neuroscience research. Photo by Antoine Lutz
Barry Kerzin meditating with EEG for neuroscience research. Photo by Antoine Lutz
Gankhüügiin Pürevbat, the founder of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulaanbaatar Buddhist University, told the Siberian Times at the time:

The lama is sitting in the lotus position vajra, the left hand is opened, and the right hand symbolises of the preaching Sutra.
This is a sign that the lama is not dead, but is in a very deep meditation according to the ancient tradition of Buddhist lamas.

Hat tip: Robert Stovold

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  • chrsbol

    I think Monty Python may have beaten them to it!

  • Raul Miller

    Right…he’s not dead, he’s just pining for the fjords.

  • Justin Badby

    A truly disgusting morbid story.
    Mind you NK is rules by a dead man.

  • Broga

    Grisly obsession with not being dead. Let it be, monks, dead is dead. Get used to it.

  • harrynutsak

    Another so-called ‘religion of peace’ that contains a great many murderers, rapists, torturers, robbers, thieves, etc., who join in the big con game for the gay sex, just like with the RCC,…
    …where the nubile young boys not only wear robes/dresses, but their heads are shaved to resemble buttocks rather than cutting off their balls, which I am sure they fail to appreciate the distinction, being terrorized every minute of their lives for being born as sexual objects, rather than free human beings as you would think.
    Tell these religious child molesters that they are forever banned from any proximity or interactions with the objects of their sexual desire and stand well back as they go apeshit over losing access to their victims.
    But that would never happen, would it.

  • Club Secretary

    @chrsbol says:
    Tue 19 Jan at 12:46 pm
    “I think Monty Python may have beaten them to it!”
    He’s not dead, he’s resting. Beautiful plumage the Norwegian Blue.

  • barriejohn

    They’ve got a long way to go to beat Methuselah!

  • 1859

    @barriejohn: I have to hand it to you bj, you come up with some of the weirdest stuff I’ve ever seen! How do you do it?
    The fear of death drives people into the most absurd beliefs – and once in, only a few come out. Religions, although pretending to help people celebrate life and be happy-clappy believers, are all variations of death cults.

  • barriejohn

    @1859: I have a little army of elves ceaselessly searching the net for items of interest to freethinking people everywhere. Isn’t it frightening that intelligent people can believe such guff? And yes, religion is an obsession with death, and belief in the supernatural a symptom of man’s inability to come to terms with his mortality. I had first-hand experience of this over many years with the Plymouth Brethren, so no Believer is going to convince me otherwise with “rational” arguments!

  • Justin Badby

    OT – but here we are again with the muslims shreiking and screaming and taking offense at the slightest provocation. I fully support the teachers and the police in dealing with potential leads to terrorism like this … we have to fight the islamist with every resource we can muster. And this family can’t have it both ways. If they are innocent then good but they should shut the fuck up and let those who are doing a difficult job protecting them do their job efficiently and without interference. If there is something to hide then I have absolutely zero sympathy for theim or their bluster. And let no one forget that it is children who are being manipulated by islamists and children that are being harmed by the islamists because children everywhere are exposed to the daily menu of islamic violence.

  • Cali Ron

    barriejohn: As a young believer I always had a problem with Methuselah and the whole being 969 years old thing. Maybe the early Jews thought he was praying and were afraid to disturb him, not realizing he was actually dead like the monk.
    Your indoctrination with the brethren must have been intensive as you have a seemingly vast knowledge of not only the bible, but with the many nuances of their particular “version” of evangelicalism. I have found my knowledge of the bible and christianity to be much more thorough than almost all of the christians I meet (I was being “groomed” to be a preacher and pressured to go to Bethany Bible college in California), but you still surprise me with new revelations. I’m glad you are able to share that knowledge here for our enjoyment and education, but I doubt that’s what the brethren had in mind.

  • John

    The second – younger – body reminds me of the Celtic bog men who turn up from time to time. See http://www.irishcentral.com/news/bog-bodies-are-kings-sacrificed-by-celts-says-expert-129289548-237410131.html# where it is seen that some of the bog men have been in place since 2000 BCE.