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Kung fu nuns teach cosmic energy to CERN scientists
« on: November 22, 2012, 10:16:25 AM »

Gone are the days when men ruled the world in every discipline.  Here we have teenagers who have trained in kung-fu and they are nuns, out  "to raise awareness about gender equality and the need for the empowerment of women".

Ever since Buddha's time, women were recognised and given equal recognition and respect.

Kung fu nuns teach cosmic energy to CERN scientists
Reuters, November 17, 2012

GENEVA, Switzerland -- A dozen kung fu nuns from an Asian Buddhist order displayed their martial arts prowess to bemused scientists at CERN this week as their spiritual leader explained how their energy was like that of the cosmos.

The nuns, all from the Himalayan region, struck poses of hand-chops, high-kicks and punches on Thursday while touring the research centre where physicists at the frontiers of science are probing the origins of the universe.

“Men and women carry different energy,” said His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, a monk who ranks only slightly below the Dalai Lama in the global Buddhist hierarchy. “Both male and female energies are needed to better the world.”

 This, he said, was a scientific principle “as fundamental as the relationship between the sun and the moon” and its importance was similar to that of the particle collisions in CERN’s vast “Big Bang” machine, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The nuns, mostly slim and fit-looking teenagers with shaven heads and clad in flowing burgundy robes, nodded sagely.

But the 49-year-old Gyalwang Drukpa, head since the age of four of one of the new independent schools of Tibetan Buddhism centred in India and Nepal, stressed that their visit to CERN was not just scientific in purpose.

Gender equality

By taking the nuns around the world and letting people of other countries enjoy their martial displays, he told physicists and reporters: “I hope to raise awareness about gender equality and the need for the empowerment of women.”

The group visits the universe of particles exhibition at CERN. — Reuters pic
The nuns themselves — who star on YouTube videos — have benefited from this outlook, he said.

For centuries in Tibet — incorporated into communist China since 1951 — and its surrounds, women were strictly barred from practising any form of martial art.

In his homeland Himalayan region of Ladakh, the Gyalwang Drukpa said, women were mainly servants, cooks and cleaners to monks.

About three years ago he decided to break out of this pattern and improve the health and spiritual well-being of women by training them in kung fu and even allowing them to perform sacred rites once also restricted to men.

“And a very good thing too,” declared CERN physicist Pauline Gagnon, who recently wrote a blog study pointing to the low, although growing, proportion of women in scientific research around the world.

The visit to CERN, whose director general Rolf Heuer recently sponsored a conference of scientists, theologians and philosophers to discuss the tense relationship between science and religion, was not the first by a top religious leader.

In 1983 the sprawling campus on the border of France and Switzerland hosted the Dalai Lama, Buddhism’s most revered figure, who argues that most scientific discoveries prove the truth of the view of the cosmos expounded by his faith — sometimes dubbed by outsiders an “atheistic religion.”

Pope John-Paul II preceded him in 1982 and the present Pope Benedict has a standing invitation from Heuer.

<< The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, Jigme Pema Wangchen, (left) poses with kung-fu trained nuns accompanying him at CERN in Meyrin near Geneva November 15, 2012. - Reuters pic,11190,0,0,1,0


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Re: Kung fu nuns teach cosmic energy to CERN scientists
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2012, 01:33:14 PM »
Since most women don't always rely on brute force to accomplish things, they are often quite good at the technical side of things and often have a distinct advantage In this aspect over men.There are lots of things that science can not speak where spiritual world speaks and we can encounter in the real life many strange examples that challenge to science. The problem with science is that it has difficulty to speak without scientific proof. That's why it is said that science can reach up to fifth level and real spiritual world starts from fifth level. When a scientist crosses fifth level s/he will not be any more scientist but will be spiritual person. In that level she will not speak out everything but start to teach the ways to be there, because spiritual world is not to speak but to realize.