Daijuku Bosatsu Shinnyokai-Shonin

Daijuku Bosatsu Shinnyokai-Shonin
Human Mummy
Daijuku in lotus position
Biographical Information
Name(s) Daijuku Bosatsu Shinnyokai-Shonin
Age Died at 96
Sex Male
Status Ascetic Monk; "Living Buddha"
Height Unknown
Culture Japanese
Date(s) (1687-1783)
Site Dewa Sanzan
Current Location
Location Ryusui-ji Dainichibou Temple
Catalog # Unknown

Daijuku Bosatsu Shinnyokai Shonin - born in 1687 - was drawn to the teachings of Buddhism at a very young age. Therefore, following this desire he began the "Buddhist priesthood". He followed Buddhism at the Dainichibo Temple.


Daijuku aspired to be a "Living Buddha", and actually, did end up being one. Therefore, his mummification was a self done process.

From his twenties, he followed strict religious practices that only allowed him to have a diet of nuts, seeds, later bark, and roots from pine trees.

At age 96, he put himself on an even stricter diet - it consisted of only sale and water. Eventually, Daijuku began to only drink Urushi Tea. This is a poisonous drink made from bark that coats the inner sides of the body with a thick substance.


Archaeologists found Daijuku Bosatsu Shinnyokai Shonin's body in prime condition in the Dewa Sanzan. They confirmed that he self mummified in the Buddhist religion in order to reach enlightenment and become his full spiritual form.


Daijuku Bosatsu Shinnyokai Shonin did not have any diseases or illnesses that caused his death. His aspirations to be a "Living Buddha" and his admiration for the Buddhist religion and priesthood is what ultimately killed this man - a true devoted monk.

Additional Info

The tomb that Daijuku was put inside to meditate was sealed for 1,000 days. It than was re-opened to see if he had been preserved - it was mummified and unharmed by maggots due to the poisonous tea that he drank beforehand (Urushi). After this fact, he was given the holy status of "Sokushin-butsu", or "Living Buddha".


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