One Buddhist leader dares to smash a kind of glass ceiling
For centuries, monasteries considered monks as superior beings divinely chosen to lead all the sacred prayer rituals. Nuns were not only excluded from leading these prayers, they were also unfairly relegated to maintain the gardens of the Buddhist monasteries and tend to thankless domestic chores. All that changed about twenty-five years ago under the caring leadership of the 800-year-old Drukpa order Buddhist sect, His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa. He opened the mountain nunnery with the explicit goal of transforming it into a serene spot where women and men were treated equally.
In 2008 he introduced the practice of kung fu to the nunnery
In his own words: “When I was very small, I was already thinking that it was not right to suppress women in our society… But then when I grew up, I started to think about what I could do for them. Then I thought, what I can do is to build a nunnery and then give them an opportunity to study and practice spiritually.”