I know it’s perhaps a bit not nice, but the idea of a bunch of monks in a brawl kinda cracks me up.
Well… this kinda really happens, kinda. At the Sera Monastery in Lhasa the monks have a pretty vigorous debating style! Here’s ma travel blog with pics ‘n’ vid: http://otteradrift.com/2010/10/debating-monks/
During the Sri Lanka civil war, Buddhist monks were quite violent.
As I recall, the Shao Lin monks developed Gung Fu to a) defend themselves from bandits when out ministering or begging (as they were [are?] a mendicant order): and b) to defend themselves from the various local Imperial bureaucrats and warlords who tended to want to eradicate them because at times they rivaled the Government in power.
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