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The sangha is a monastic organization that has been an integral part of Buddhist and Jain traditions throughout recorded history. As Buddhist and Jain traditions spread across the world, so did their monasticism. One of the sanghas of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition traces its migration from India to China, China to Korea, Korea to Japan, and most recently Japan to the United States and Brazil. In contemporary times, the largest sangha is of the Thai Theravada Buddhist tradition and has members in more than 28 countries. Overall, ordained sangha members in the Buddhist and Jain traditions number more than 1.5 million worldwide. Jain and Buddhist traditions contain different definitions for the term sangha. For some of the more liberal minded, sangha simply implies its ...

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