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For Tibetan monks, it's sutras and sports
update:May 07,2022
Playing musical instruments, poem chanting, gymnastics and yoga were all in evidence at the Tibet College of Buddhism in Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region, as the college hosted its annual sports meet in its courtyard on Wednesday.
Unlike previous sports meets, this year's events — including health gymnastics of Tibetan medicinal science, a yoga show and a catwalk by Tibetan monks and nuns — were part of the opening ceremony, China News Service reported.
As an extracurricular interest, monks and nuns meditate and practice yoga during their leisure time.
The meet will last three days, with 45 events, including track and field events and entertaining games.
Tibetan monk Basang Wangdu fell in love with yoga under the influence of his teacher, and he thinks yoga can contribute to his health.
The sports meet was attended by monks, nuns and school faculty members. Traditional Tibetan sports, such as weightlifting, also became part of the event.
"For the sports meet every year, we think of increasing the number of events in the games, so it will result in higher participation and entertainment," Tashi Gyatsan, deputy head of the college, was quoted as saying.
"Our college will stick to the principle of integrating traditional sutra learning with modern education. We have hosted sports meets for the past four years."

By Palden Nyima and Daqiong

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