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Miracle Monk

Mystery and science behind the incorruptible body of the Buddhist lama

Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov is considered a miracle in the Buddhist region of Buryatia.

He sat in a lotus pose and sank into deep meditation nearly a century ago, but witnesses were stunned when his body was exhumed in the early 2000s. There was no smell, and his body was perfectly preserved. His skin is still elastic, and his limbs flexible.

Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov studied Buddhism and Tibetan medicine, wrote dozens of books on Buddhism and created a guide of healing herbs of his native Buryatia. In 1911, he was chosen as the 12th Pandito Khambo Lama or the leader of the Buddhists of Eastern Siberia. On June 15, 1927, he gathered his students and began to chant a prayer for the dead. Finally, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov reached the state of nirvana. He was put in a cedar cube in the lotus pose as he wished. His body hasn’t been mummified but doesn’t decay.

The 12th Pandito Khambo Lama is revered and considered alive. Worshippers come to see his incorruptible body and ask for his blessing. Buddhist monks hold prayers every day and receive Itigilov’s teachings through an oracle.

An RT Documentary crew explores the phenomenon of meditating Buddhist monks and incorruptible bodies. Experts explain the science behind the phenomena.