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Encyclopedia of Monasticism

By Rana P.K. Singh
February 2009
MD Publications
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9788175331624
348 pages
$82.50 Hardcover

Monasticism is the religious practice in which one renounces wordly pursuits in order to fully devote one's life to spiritual work. This book traces the various aspects of monasticism,from the basic concept of monasticism to the practice of monasticism in different religions. The book starts with an introduction of monasticism, which includes the brief analysis of monaticism in various religions.

The book has these following important chapters after introduction:

Hinduism: rituals, practices and monastic ways
Becoming a monk and way of monasticism in Hinduism
Christian monasticism
Philosophical development of christian monasticism
Celibacy of the clergy
Orthodox christian monasticism
Buddhist monasticism
Monks and monasticism
Religion and monastic life in India
History of monastic discipline, and Monks in different religions.

I have tried to define monasticism in a very meticulous and pragmatic manner, and I think that my sincere work will be truly appreciated by readers.



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