The community of Buddhist monks and nuns is called the Sangha. Monks play a central role in Buddhist public religious life, which is explained by the absence of priests in Buddhism. As a result, there are relatively many monks in Buddhism. In Thailand alone, there are about 200,000 monks, a number that grows to 300,000 annually in the period between July and October, when many Thai men temporarily take up monkhood. There are also Buddhists who, after the end of their active family and social life, become monks or nuns at a later age.
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