• Shaolin Temple will promote Buddhism more aggressively this year Paid Member

    I've blogged about the high-flying Shaolin monks at least once before, but what can I say? I love the photographs of these kung-fu Buddhists. And they're always up to something fun like performing at the Sydney Opera House. The Shaolin Temple has decided to tap into the appeal these monks carry in order to promote Chinese Buddhism around the world. According to provincial spokesman Li Hongwei, they would like to raise the number of Shaolin temples, Taiji schools and Confucius schools overseas in order to enhance the international influence of Chinese culture.From China's Global Times: More »
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    Return of the Kung-fu Nuns! Paid Member

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    Kung-fu Nuns: Empowering Women in Nepal Paid Member

    Nuns at the Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey in Kathmandu have begun kung-fu classes. The BBC reports: Rupa Lama, a 16-year-old nun from India, says kung fu helps her concentrate. "It's good for our health. Meditation is very difficult and if we do kung fu, then afterwards meditation becomes much easier," she says. Another nun, Konchok, also from India, says she likes kung fu because it gives her strength. "It's very helpful for our safety. If somebody teases us or something, then we can hit them and be more powerful," she says. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is also quoted in the article: More »