Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

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Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

Postby davemiller » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:24 pm

Is there a difference between the meanings of Bhikkhu and Ajahn.

Ajahn Geoff is also Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Are these different functions or just different titles.

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Re: Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

Postby Ben » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:40 pm

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Re: Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

Postby davemiller » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:13 pm

Thank you.

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Re: Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:28 am


Ajahn = teacher
Bhikkhu = monk

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Re: Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

Postby gavesako » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:37 am

Bhikkhu Gavesako
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Re: Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

Postby lyndon taylor » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:27 am

in my local temples, I seem to remember Ajahn refering to just the head monk of a temple, not just any senior monk, at the one temple with vietnamese/lao roots the head monk was lunpo, I think.
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Re: Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

Postby davemiller » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:25 pm

Is there a significance in whether Bhikkhu appears before the name or after the name, such as Gavesako Bhikkhu or Bhikkhu Samahita?

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Re: Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

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Re: Ajahn vs. Bhikkhu

Postby davemiller » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:04 pm

Thank you, Samma.

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