Sokushinbutsu: Mummies Alive

Sokushinbutsu: a ritualistic realm performed by Buddhist monks who are immersed and devoted to Asceticism.  The devotee enters a state of mummification while alive through the use a unique diet that consists of pine needles, seeds and tea made from the sap of the urushi tree; the urushi tree produces a poisonous sap (arsenic) that […]

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Mahākāśyapa

TIME MACHINE POET OF THE WEEK Mahākāśyapa Born Pipphali Maha Tittha village, Magadha Died (aged 120) Gurupada giri (33km from Gaya) Mahākāśyapa was a disciple of the Gautama Buddha and director of the First Buddhist council (which took place after Buddha’s death in 483 BC).  He is one of the best-known disciples, along with Ananda, […]

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