The Amitabha Drukpa Buddhist nuns, based on Amitabha Hill on the outskirts of Kathmandu, are also martial arts experts. Many of them are black belts.
Morning ritual: The nuns practice their daily routine on the temple roof. This martial art was adopted from Vietcong women guerrillas who used it for self-defence. But for the nuns, it’s more of a discipline, rather than (but also) self defence. “Buddhism bars offence, but defence is permitted,” says their leader Gyalwang Drukpa.
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