How many monks are there in the world

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How many monks are there in the world

Postby Stephen K » Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:46 pm

Is the number of Theravada and Mahayana monks and nuns known?
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Re: How many monks are there in the world

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:50 pm

Stefan wrote:Is the number of Theravada and Mahayana monks and nuns known?


I would imagine it is a fairly fluid number, though I suppose there are estimates that one could find in census data.
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Re: How many monks are there in the world

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:21 am

There are precisely:

836,422 bhikkhus in the world and
811 bhikkhunis in the world and
917,256 eight precept mae chees and eight precept upasakas in the world right now.

:tongue: Just kidding, I have no idea, but those are some guesses.
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Re: How many monks are there in the world

Postby fig tree » Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:38 am

Stefan wrote:Is the number of Theravada and Mahayana monks and nuns known?

There are just a few numbers given on [url]adherents.com[/url]: an estimate from 1988 that there were 800,000 monks in Burma (but only 100,000 lifelong ones), an estimate from 1988 of 300,000 Thai monks.

They also cite a 1999 estimate of 200,000 "Buddhist clergy" in China, and a 1985 estimate of 269,000 Buddhist monastics in Japan.

Politics has made a real mess in some of the countries that at one time had large monastic populations.

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Re: How many monks are there in the world

Postby gavesako » Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:41 am

The numbers of temporary monks in Thailand and Burma rise sharply during the Rains retreat and will be falling right now after the Kathina ceremony.
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