Saturday, September 12, 2020

Kung Fu Nuns

The Drukpa Lineage, sometimes called either Dugpa or "Red Hat sect" in older sources, is a branch of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

In Bhutan, the Drukpa Lineage is the dominant school and state religion.

Some nineteenth and early-twentieth century writers believed the "Dugpas" to be sorcerers focusing principally on the left-hand path traditions and various Tantric practices of Buddhism. Alexandra David-Néel claims that the name "Dugpa" comes from the Tibetan word for thunder, as the first monastery was built during a thunderstorm.

Drukpa nuns are known for their social activism, in particular in teaching self-defense to women due to the rise in rapes in India. The nuns are nicknamed the "Kung Fu Nuns". Drukpa nuns are “the only female order in the patriarchal Buddhist monastic system where nuns have equal status to monks".

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