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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 30. What is the Role of Monasticism in Buddhism?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40769


Buddhist monasticism has played a highly influential role in the study, dissemination, and impact of Buddhism. Indeed, monastics may be seen as both the guardians and the transmitters of Buddhist culture, particularly in Asia. Consequently, it is safe to say that Buddhist history—and, by extension, Asian history—would have developed very differently in their absence.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ann Heirman ( - annheirman) 'University of Ghent'