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Buddhist monks (僧侶, sōryo) are different to European monks in many different ways. Monks usually live in monasteries and temples. If a candidate wishes to become a Buddhist monk, they must complete a test. If they pass, they stay in their temple. If they do not pass, they are to leave. Locals generally give food to monks, however, monks are not allowed to ask for anything. Monks live an ascetic life without the use of money.

Some monasteries and temples accept female candidates however they are not called monks, they are nuns. Nuns are treated equally among males with respect. In appearance, monks are bald and wear long robes.

See also:

  • Wikipedia entry for monk

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