October 6 : Doctors and researchers
at the Drepung monastery were amazed
to witness a rare spectacle in the
south Indian Tibetan settlement of
Mungod. His Eminence Lobsang Nyima,
the former Gaden Tripa, who passed
away on September 14, stayed in Thukdham
for 18 days, till 1st October.
Thukdham, as per Tibetan Buddhist
Tantric practice, is explained as
a stage in which a highly learned
lama or practitioner with his life
time practice of meditation is able
to meditate on the 'Clear Light Stage'
an ultimate process of inner dissolution
of five elements and consciousness.
The practitioners, while in Thukdham,
are able to control their body from
decomposition and to maintain the
internal body heat.
Tenzin Namdul, a Tibetan doctor at
the Men-Tsee-Khang, and Dr. Yangzom
Dolker of Delek hospital, were sent
to Mundgod, South India to scientifically
investigate the effect of Thukdham
on Trisur Rinpoche's body. Thukdham
project was initiated last December
in collaboration with Dr. Richard
Davidson's brain imaging laboratory
at University of Wisconsin under the
guidance of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, says Dr. Namdul. The doctors
measured the effect of Thukdham on
Rinpoche's body through EEG, ECG and
body temperature using latest scientific
Tibetans as well as Indians thronged
Drepung for Rinpoche's blessing. A
team of researchers and scientists
from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research
Foundation from Bangalore arrived
to witness what they later termed
as a "scientific breakthrough in the
effect of intense meditation". Another
team of senior doctors and neuroscientists
from Belgaum's KLES Prabhakar Kore
Hospital where Rinpoche breathed his
last also arrived to witness the spectacle.
"The doctors commented this is
something they need to see to believe
and now that they have witnessed it,
they said they are simply surprised
and speechless. Both the team expressed
strong desire in initiating a collaborative
project on this important and complex
subject" Dr. Namdul said.
Some say that longer period of meditation
will prolong the arrival of his reincarnation.
Dalai Lama had asked the attendants
of Gaden Trisur to allow the mediation
to continue. Earlier, the Tibetan
leader had said that scientists should
examine the state of thukdham of Tibetan
masters and Lamas.
Under guidance of Dalai Lama, Trisur
Rinpoche's body will be mummified
so that people can have his audience
and be blessed by his presence, Dr.