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250 Kung Fu Nuns cycle 2,200 kilometres from Nepal to India

250 Kung Fu Nuns cycle 2,200 kilometres from Nepal to India

Members of Nepalese order raising awareness of gender equality and environmental issues 250 ‘Kung Fu Nuns’ have spent the past two months cycling 2,200 kilometres from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, to New Delhi in India – and along the way, they have been spreading the message of women’s empowerment and environmental awareness.

Belonging to the Drukpa order of Buddhism, the nuns began their journey from the Himalayan kingdom to India on 18 November, accompanied by two mechanics to service the Chinese-made mountain bikes most rode, reports Livemint.com (link is external) .

The website has also uploaded a video report about the nuns’ trip to YouTube. On their journey the nuns, dressed in red and black cycling kit, paused at villages, towns and temples to educate people on environmental issues and gender equality.

The order’s current leader, the twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, introduced the practice of kung fu to iuts 500 members in 2008, leading to the nuns’ acquiring their singular nickname.

“I started Kung Fu Nuns to establish gender equality,” he explained. “I like kung fu. It is good for meditation and strength—both physical and mental. Also, because many people thought it is a man’s game, I wanted the nuns to learn it.”

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