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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mendicants and monks

I see that Doniger has distinguished the two Indic traditions of poverty-vows. The Buddhists set up a monastic tradition; the Hindus became itinerants.

I note that the so-called Gospel of Thomas is heavily involved in the mendicant-monk lifestyle, be passersby and such. This might explain why that Apostle was so heavily associated with India. The Sufi orders, too, when they cited Jesus generally followed Gospel of Thomas teachings. (You can watch me get schooled over in this review-post.)

The Christian monasteries, by contrast, were more 'Buddhist'. In western Europe this might have been by accident.


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