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Managing Monks: Administrators and Administrative Roles in Indian Buddhist Monasticism

Jonathan A. Silk


The paradigmatic Buddhist is the monk. It is well known that ideally Buddhist monks are expected to meditate and study—to engage in religious practice. The institutional structure which makes this concentration on spiritual cultivation possible is the monastery. But as a bureaucratic institution, the monastery requires administrators to organize and manage its functions, to prepare quiet spots for meditation, to arrange audiences for sermons, or simply to make sure food, rooms, and bedding are provided. The valuations placed on such organizational roles were, however, a subject of considerable ... More

Keywords: Buddhist, monk, meditate, study, religious practice, spiritual cultivation, monastery, administrators, sermons, monasticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan A. Silk, author
Leiden University