• Why Are Myanmar Nuns Not Granted the Same Respect as Monks? Paid Member

    A young Buddhist nun rides Yangon's circular train in June 2015. Born of Buddhist parents and raised in a Buddhist environment, I grew up as a typical Myanmar Buddhist girl. Under the care of my grandmother, it was hammered into my brain that we should worship and pay the utmost respect to Buddhist monks in all circumstances. My grandmother instructed me, for example, to never sit on the same level as monks, but place myself at their feet. Yet in all the years of my childhood she never said a word about how to behave in front of Buddhist women who had become nuns. More »
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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 »