KUNG FU NUNS
15th May 2010, Ramkot: Nuns sstand for a portrait as they tend the gardens at the Druk Gawa Khilwa Buddhist Nunnery, Druk Amitabha Mountain, Ramkot, near Kathmandu, Nepal, 15th May 2010.
The nunnery founder, his Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa instigated Shaolin Kung Fu training for his nuns in 2010 after a visit to Vietnam where he witnessed Vietnamese nuns practicing the martial art. He was told that it helped the Vietnamese nuns concentrate better and made them more self-reliant and recalling how some of his nuns at the Khilwa nunnery were fearful of travelling down from the mountain alone he decided to incorporate defensive Kung Fu training at his own nunnery. Only nuns under 25 are taught due to the physical challenges and there are currently 3 sessions a daystarting in the early morning. The Kung Fu training has energised the nuns and made them fitter, more self confident and alert.
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