Dead Buddhist monk found ‘smiling’ two months after being buried

A revered 92-year-old monk exhumed two months after he was buried was found “smiling and standing up”, images have shown. 

Spectators took photos as the monk was paraded through the Thai crowd and the images were shared on social media.

Luang Phor Pian’s peaceful state was regarded as a sign that he had truly reached nirvana, the final state of Buddhism in which one has transcended suffering and the cycle of death and rebirth.

Originally from Cambodia, Pian spent the majority of his life serving as a well-known spiritual and Buddhist guru in Lopburi, central Thailand.

The exhuming process was part of a Buddhist tradition which concludes with a final resting ceremony on the 100th day of his death.

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When the body was exhumed, people were shocked to find the monk had barely decayed and appeared to have a smile on his face.

Local media report that his body appeared in a state consistent with someone who had been dead for no more than 36 hours.

Reports said the monk’s peers had removed the body in order to fit him with new, clean robes.

When he was paraded through a crowd near his earlier burial, spectators were mesmerised by his appearance.

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Photos show the monk standing upright and with a wry smile on his face. 

It is believed his appearance was a sign that he reached the final goal of Buddhism and had escaped rebirth. 

The monk’s followers continued to pray for him for 100 days after exhuming him, before holding a final resting ceremony. 

This event took place in January 2018. Mr Pian died in November 2017. 

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