A statue of a sitting Buddha that came from China to Netherlands, shocked the scientists after CT scan when it revealed a mummified Buddhist monk sitting in a lotus position inside the statue.
After the CT scan, the scientists found out that Liuquan’s internal organs had been removed, and they still don’t know how this was done.
Erik Bruijn, who’s a Buddhist expert, determined that the mummy was for a Buddhist Master called Liuquan, who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School, and lived around the year 1100.
The name Liuquan means “Six Perfections” according to Erik who also stated that It refers to the virtues perfected by a being who seeks buddhahood through the systematic practice of the six perfect virtues but renounces complete entry into nirvana until all beings are saved.
This practice was mainly in Japan, the monk had to follow a very strict diet eating just nuts and seeds to strip the body from fat, then he will follow another diet eating only tree bark and roots.
At the end of this diet, the monk began drinking a poisonous tea made from the sap of the Japanese varnish tree. The tea caused profuse vomiting as well as a rapid loss of bodily fluids, possibly making the body too poisonous to be eaten by bacteria and insects.
The monk was then placed in a stone tomb a bit larger than his body, which was equipped with an air tube and a bell. The will stay in lotus position and he would ring the bell each day to let those outside know that he was still alive. When the bell stops ringing, the monk was presumed dead so they remove the air tube seal the tomb.
Many practicing Buddhists believe that mummies like that of Buddhist master Liuquan aren’t actually dead,but are rather in an advanced state of meditation.