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  1. Monks

    A monk (, from Greek: μοναχός, monachos, "single, solitary" via Latin monachus) is a person who practices religious asceticism by monastic living, either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decides to dedicate their life to serving other people and serving God, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live their life in prayer and contemplation. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy. In the Greek language, the term can apply to women, but in modern English it is mainly in use for men. The word nun is typically used for female monastics. Although the term monachos is of Christian origin, in the English language monk tends to be used loosely also for both male and female ascetics from other religious or philosophical backgrounds. However, being generic, it is not interchangeable with terms that denote particular kinds of monk, such as cenobite, hermit, anchorite, hesychast, or solitary. Traditions of Christian monasticism exist in major Christian denominations, with religious orders being present in Catholicism, Lutheranism, Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Orthodoxy, Reformed Christianity, Anglicanism and Methodism. Indian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, also have monastic traditions as well.

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  1. MONKS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Monks is ranked #12303 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Monks surname appeared 2,527 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Monks.

    89.9% or 2,272 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 128 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 51 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 33 total occurrences were Black.
    0.9% or 25 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Monks in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Monks in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Monks in a Sentence

  1. Patsara Limkangwanmongkol:

    Giving alms to 100,000 monks is a once-in-a-lifetime event, it is a must.

  2. Jason Smith -LRB- left -RRB-:

    Christmas Cookies became a staple many, many, many years ago, to be exact they started with the monasteries of the Middle Ages. The monks had access to sugar, flour and spices to make them. The Dutch brought the Christmas cookie tradition to the United States in the early 17th century, christmas Cookies were first made to take to neighbors, friends and family to show their gratitude and kindness toward each other. Most people didn’t have much money, and cookies recipes made several dozens and it gave them plenty to pass around. The first cookies were sugar cookies or a spice cookie, almost like a gingerbread cookie as we know them today.

  3. Sulak Sivaraksa:

    The money and power swirling around some Thai temples and monks makes them immune to criticism, this is why we need to reform the Sangha and start afresh.

  4. Dr Kwakkel:

    They offer a rare glimpse into the informal or private world of medieval monks, personally, I love the thumbprint, which was left by a careless scribe who spilled ink on his work. It seems so fresh and human, yet it happened 700 years ago.

  5. Lobsang Tayang:

    Nowadays it's very rare to find monks who can remain faithful to their vows.

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