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Ashrams, Christian
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(cf. Āśrama) Christian ashrams are found in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. They are places for religious observance, reflection, and a spiritual life deepened by prayer and meditation. They involve small groups of men and/or women who give concrete shape to the Christian faith in the context of their own culture and social environment. They practice an undemanding simplicity in clothing, shelter, and food (usually vegetarian), observing a communal lifestyle supported by a regular dai…

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Müller, Hans-Peter, “Ashrams, Christian”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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