Tibetan Buddhist Nuns

The Tibetan Buddhist monks are world famous, but did you know there is also a group of Tibetan Buddhist nuns? We do now after this gruesome video of a Buddhist nun setting herself on fire (WARNING) in protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet. [23 photos total]

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A Tibetan Buddhist nun walks inside the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery in the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A Tibetan Buddhist nun stands at the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery in the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A Tibetan Buddhist nun from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery repairs a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A Tibetan Buddhist nun from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery takes a break from repairing a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery take a break from repairing a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery walk along a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A Tibetan Buddhist nun from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery crosses a bridge near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery take a break from repairing a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery walk on a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery walk along a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling repair a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery sit on a mountain slope near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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The Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery is seen on a mountain slope near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery walk along a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Monks stand by the window at the Kirti monastery in Mcleodganj, near the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala November 9, 2011. Picture taken November 9, 2011. To match CHINA-TIBETANS/INDIA (REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta) #
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A Tibetan Buddhist nun prays in a monastery in Kangding, Sichuan province November 14, 2011. Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery near Daofu in Sichuan province on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk walks in a monastery in Kangding, Sichuan province November 14, 2011. Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery near Daofu in Sichuan province on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A woman prays in a monastery in Kangding, Sichuan province November 14, 2011. Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery near Daofu on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Buddhist monks offer afternoon prayers at a temple in Mcleodganj, near the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala November 9, 2011. Picture taken November 9, 2011. To match CHINA-TIBETANS/INDIA (REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta) #
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Women walk along a busy street in Danba, Sichuan province November 14, 2011. Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery near Daofu in Sichuan province on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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Tibetan monks pray during a candlelight protest march in New Delhi in this October 20, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma/Files) #
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk walks on a street in the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 14, 2011. Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery near Daofu in Sichuan province on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #
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A Tibetan Buddhist nun from the Ganden Jangchup Choeling nunnery pauses from repairing a mountain road near the town of Daofu, Sichuan province November 13, 2011. The nunnery stands hidden from view on an isolated mountain-top in southwestern China, accessible only by a twisting, rocky road. Palden Choetso, the 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun who burned herself to death on a public street an hour's drive away on November 3, 2011, the latest in a string of self-immolations to protest against Chinese religious controls over Tibet, lived in a mud-brick hut at the nunnery. In China, eleven Tibetan monks and nuns -- some former clergy -- have resorted to the extreme protest since March this year. At least six have been fatal. Picture taken November 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) #

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