New Delhi, Nov. 9 -- I had done my research, watched videos of them in action, yet when I first met a group of Buddhist nuns of the Drukpa lineage in Delhi a month ago, nothing had prepared me for how young they all were. In fact, it is because I had read so much about their achievements as humanitarian workers, long-distance cycling activists and kung fu practitioners that I was taken so much by surprise when I first met the nuns in person.

A representative group from the 800 Kung fu nuns of the Druk Amitabha Mountain Nunnery in Nepal travelled from Kathmandu to Delhi recently on their way to New York, where they were awarded the prestigious Asia Game Changers Award on 24 October for inspiring and applying their unique talent to make th...