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Nepal’s Kung Fu nuns refuse to leave and stay to aid earthquake victims

One of the stranger stories to develop from the Himalayan earthquake tragedy is the steadfast refusal by the nuns of the Ladakh-based Drupka order to be airlifted out of harm’s way. Nepal’s Kung Fu nuns have vowed to stay behind to aid earthquake victims.

These women have grown up learning kung fu and meditation their entire life from a Kathmandu nunnery, and now they’re planning to stay back and use their strength to help earthquake victims here.In fact, their leader, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa expected them to be shaken, like the rest of Nepal.

He said: “I was expecting the nuns over there to be under trauma. Many people were saying that they should be evacuated but they decided to stay back and help others. It’s raining continuously, earthquakes are repeatedly happening, the walls are falling and none of them can go back to their rooms so they have had to camp in the garden. Despite all these problems, they are willing to help.”

According to him, these disasters show nature’s unhappiness with mankind’s greed.: “From a spiritual point of view, we should not blame God but, instead, work with nature and respect it. Some people say that the earth is a mother. I don’t necessarily say that one should worship. Respect, instead, means not being destructive. Scientists also say that,” he says.

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