Around 60 monks and Taoist priests displayed their muscles in a competition testing firefighting skills, among others, at the Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou yesterday. A total of 11 teams from local temples such as Lingyin Temple, Yongfu Temple and Baopu Taoist Temple faced off in a flurry of flailing robes.
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According to Xinhua, 20 monks and 25 security officers at the Lingyin temple formed an anti-terrorist squad following the March 1 terrorist attack at a Kunming railway station in which 33 people were killed and more than 100 were injured.
“Monks worship Buddhism in the day, and have training at night,” said Master Jueheng, a member of the patrol, told the South China Morning Post.
“Lingyin temple receives about 10,000 visitors and worshippers every day. With this group, we can raise awareness among monks about how to respond to sudden terrorist attacks, and ensure visitors’ and worshippers’ safety,” he said.
[Images via Sina // ECNS.cn]