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Monasteries
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I. Comparative Religion – II. Christianity – III. Buddhism – IV. Monastic Law

I. Comparative Religion

The term monastery (or cloister) derives from the Christian tradition, where it denotes the living and working quarters, relatively secluded from the outside world, of a monastic community leading some type of ascetic life (Asceticism; see II below). In the broader context of other religions, the term is also tied to the context of monasticism…

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Freiberger, Oliver, Köpf, Ulrich, Mürmel, Heinz and Kalb, Herbert, “Monasteries”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_11895>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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