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  • Relations with the Laity: The Roles of the Monastery in Society

    Berthe Jansen

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


    Chapter 6 deals with the relations between the monastery and the laity. Here particular attention is given to issues of charity and to the relationship between sponsors and their monastic beneficiaries. The rules regarding monks not just receiving but also giving alms are examined, assessing the type of reciprocity that took place. It further considers family ties, the role of the monastery as an educational facility and issues regarding healthcare in and around the monastic institutions, as featured in the monastic guidelines.

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    Jansen, B. 2018. Relations with the Laity: The Roles of the Monastery in Society. In: Jansen, B, The Monastery Rules. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.56.g

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    Published on Oct. 23, 2018