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Brahmacharya (P. brahmacariya; T. tshangs spyod; C. fanxing; J. bongyō; K. pŏmhaeng 梵行). Within Buddhism, the term generally refers to a spiritual life that includes renunciation of sex and marraige. The term is also applied to monks and ascetics who follow this way of life.[1]

The term was adopted from the Vedic Brahmanical tradition, where it refers to unmarried students of the vedas.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Princeton Dict icon 166px.png Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. brahmacarya

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