Is It rue That Japanese Monks May Get Married?

发布日期:2017-10-16   字体大小:   

Originally, Japanese monks did not have wives and children. In 12th century, Shinran(亲鸾), the founder of Jodo Shinshu (the True Sect of Pure Land)—a branch of the Pure Land Sect, advocated that people could take up Buddhist practice along with their wives. This initiated a way of life among monks of getting married and having children, but for centuries, this custom was confined to this sect alone. After the Meiji Reformation (1868), the custom of marriage became popular among other sects of the day. Today with the exception of a few monks of minor sects, who keep celibacy, the overwhelming majority of monks get married, their Buddhist profession passing on to their offspring. Thus the institution of popularizing the Buddhist cause by lay Buddhists came into existence. However, this state of affairs applies to male priests only, while the nuns in Japan today continue to lead monastic life with abstinence as before. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)

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