Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kung fu nuns teach CERN scientists

Robert Evans, Reuters (via; Wisdom Quarterly
Lama, center, poses with accompanying kung fu trained nuns (anis) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Meyrin, near Geneva (Valentin Flauraud/Reuters).
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 [Tibetan] spiritual leader explained how their energy was like that of the cosmos.
The nuns, all from the [Indian] Himalayan region, struck poses of hand-chops, high-kicks, and punches on Thursday while touring the research center where physicists at the frontiers of science are probing the origins of the universe.
“Men and women carry different energy,” said His Holiness [the 12th] Gyalwang Drukpa, [Jigme Pema Wangchen,] 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.”
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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. More

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