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    Posted: 30 May 2012 at 05:05
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In Japan, the Sokushinbutsu would prepare a regimen over 1000 days. It consisted of eating seeds and nuts and wood bark while they exercised rigorously to remove fat from their bodies. Towards the end, they would start to drinl a poisonous solution that was to render the body inedible by maggots. When the time arrived to finish the act, they would sit in an stone tomb only big enough for them to s...it in the lotus position. For the Monks, their only contact with the outside was a small tube to allow in air, and a bell that the monk would ring daily to leth others know he was still alive. When the bell was no longer heard, the air tube would be removed and the tomb sealed. The monk would be left for another 1000 days upon which the tomb was opened, and if the mummification was successful, the monk was seen as a Buddha and displayed in the monestary.
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Ah, yes! I remember reading something similar some time back. I can't remember the name of the monk, but i remember seeing a before and after photograph with the mummy of the monk being painted entirely of gold. I thought it odd to say the least. Does anyone remember the name of this particular monk/Buddha?
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I looked around, and couldn't actually find the name of this specific gentleman. None of them in fact.
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I'm racking my brain trying to remember where i read it. I'm certain it is in one of my multitude of books, but out of hundreds to go through it would take me a while too find it.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokushinbutsu seems to indicate there was no particular individual involve, except in  fiction.
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Where's the part about fiction?
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"The practice was satirized in the story "The Destiny That Spanned Two Lifetimes" by Ueda Akinari, in which such a monk was found centuries later and resuscitated. The story appears in the collection Harusame Monogatari.

[edit]In popular culture

  • In the Megami Tensei games, a practitioner of Sokushinbutsu known as Daisoujou makes numerous appearances.
  • In the Inu Yasha series, a monk by the name of Saint Hakushin went through the process of Sokushinbutsu in times of famine and war in order to be able to protect his people forever as a living buddha."

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InuYasha (犬夜叉?), also known as InuYasha, a Feudal Fairy Tale (戦国御伽草子 犬夜叉Sengoku Otogizōshi InuYasha?), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated byRumiko Takahashi. It premiered in Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 13, 1996 and concluded on June 18, 2008. The series follows Kagome Higurashi, a teenager from Tokyo, who is transported to the Sengoku period, where she meets the half demon, InuYasha. 

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Video games and comic books count as fiction, no?
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You know what, I just completely misread your post. I thought you were saying the whole thing was fiction, that's why I was trying to get clarification. Smile
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I'm still looking....
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I have never read this before. It is rather fascinating to hear what monks in a country close to mine do is instead of the monks outside my door.
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Originally posted by okamido okamido wrote:

I looked around, and couldn't actually find the name of this specific gentleman. None of them in fact.


It took some time, but 9 months later i finally found it in a "Book Of Lists" from the mid seventies edition. His name was Chih Hang. Regretfully, there is very little documentation or primary sources for him on the web. As far as i know, the only documentation on the web is solely covered by TIME magazine

The Gilded Holy Man  (A 1959 article)

Which leads me to wonder about all this? hmmm...


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I don't know how that is Chinese, as it is supposed to be halled at Dainichibo Temple in the Yamagata prefecture.
 
Daijuku Bosatsu Shinnyokai-Shonin : http://www.dainichibou.or.jp/english.html
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