Thursday, May 07, 2015

Kung Fu nuns

Apparently Buddhist nuns in Nepal who learnt Kung Fu from Vietnamese nuns from 2008 onwards are making a name for themselves by helping with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.
From 2010 BBC news:
"Kung fu was introduced into the Amitabha Drukpa Nunnery by the leader of the Drukpa spiritual sect, His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa....He says that he felt that previous spiritual leaders had not done enough to advance the rights of women.....He says he encouraged the nuns to "take up kung fu when he saw nuns from Vietnam practising it."
From another 2010 article , this one from Time:
"His Holiness took back to Kathmandu not just the idea of introducing martial arts, but also four experienced Vietnamese Drukpa nuns to serve as teachers. The Buddhist leader was keen on keeping the program all female, insisting that bringing in learned monks as instructors would only reinforce gender stereotypes....
The Vietnamese Drukpa nuns only began their own martial-arts training in 1992, when their local religious head, the Most Venerable Thich Vien Thanh, initiated the practice at the Tay Thien nunnery. There were only three nuns then. Now all 80 of the nuns there are said to spend sunup sparring. Many of them are eager to join their four sisters in Nepal, so they can be closer to the Gyalwang Drukpa and also try teaching. Initially, the nuns were trained in combat techniques by soldiers from the Vietnamese military."
A video from Nepal and one from Ladakh.
One of their dances

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