The 35-year-old monk was fatally injured, police in Maharashtra state said.
Two other devotees meditating with him at the time escaped unscathed to alert police, who started a search for his body.
"His badly mauled body was found further into the forest, indicating the animal tried to drag it along," Krisna Tiwari, a senior police officer in the region, told news sources.
The forest, roughly 825 kilometres (510 miles) west from the state capital Mumbai, falls within a protected reserve for big cats where four other fatal attacks have occurred in recent weeks.
The monks, in the area for an annual prayer conference, had ignored warnings from local officials about venturing too far into the forest, police said.
(Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/meditating-buddhist-monk-killed-india-leopard-attack-081010827.html )