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  • Monastic Economy and Policy

    Berthe Jansen

    Chapter from the book: Jansen, B. 2018. The Monastery Rules: Buddhist Monastic Organization in Pre-Modern Tibet.


    Chapter 5 deals with monastic economy: how the monastery balanced the Vinaya- based need for limited possessions and the upkeep of the monastic institution. In this chapter I discuss the issue of individual monks’ commercial enterprises, trade conducted by the monasteries, monastic property in general, the monasteries’ function as banks, and the theoretical economic separation of the individual and the institutional as featured in the monastic guidelines and the Vinaya.

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    Jansen, B. 2018. Monastic Economy and Policy. In: Jansen, B, The Monastery Rules. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.56.f

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    Published on Oct. 23, 2018