Definitions for monasticism
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asceticism as a form of religious life; usually conducted in a community under a common rule and characterized by celibacy and poverty and obedience
the religious practice of renouncing all worldly pursuits in order to fully devote one's life to spiritual work
Origin: From Greek μοναχός (a solitary person).
the monastic life, system, or condition
Monasticism or monkhood is a religious way of life that involves renouncing worldly pursuits to fully devote one's self to spiritual work. Monastic life plays an important role in many Christian churches, especially in the Catholic and Orthodox tradition. Similar forms of religious life also exist in other faiths, most notably in Buddhism, but also Hinduism and Jainism, though the expressions differ considerably. Males pursuing a monastic life are generally called monks while female monastics are called nuns. The way of addressing monastics differs between the Christian traditions. For a general rule, in Roman Catholicism, monks and nuns are called brother or sister, while in Orthodox Christianity, they are called father or mother. This is not an absolute rule as their address varies depending on their rank and monastic tradition.
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