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Famous Male Monks

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List of famous male monks, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male monks list contains the most prominent and top males known for being monks. There are thousand of males working as monks in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic monks have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a monk then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male monks, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male monks?" and "Who are the best male monks?"



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    Martin Luther
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    Martin Luther was a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1483-1546)
    • Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany
    • Profession: Priest, Theologian, Professor, Physician, Monk, + more
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    Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Vietnam
    • Profession: Pacifist, Poet, Monk, Writer, Teacher
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    Grigori Rasputin
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    Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was a Russian peasant, mystical faith healer and a trusted friend to the Tsar's family. He became an influential figure in Saint Petersburg, especially after August 1915 when Tsar Nicholas II took command of the army at the front. There is much uncertainty over Rasputin's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1869-1916)
    • Birthplace: Pokrovskoye, Russia
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    Gregor Mendel
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    Gregor Johann Mendel was a German-speaking Moravian scientist and Augustinian friar who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Though farmers had known for centuries that crossbreeding of animals and plants could favor certain desirable traits, Mendel's pea plant ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1822-1884)
    • Birthplace: Hynčice, Europe, Czech Republic, Central Europe
    • Profession: Scientist, Monk, Botanist
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    Brendan Smyth was a Roman Catholic priest who became notorious as a child molester, using his position in the Roman Catholic Church to obtain access to his victims. During a period of over 40 years, Smyth sexually abused and indecently assaulted over 143 children in parishes in Belfast, Dublin and the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1927-1997)
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Monk
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    John Main OSB was a Roman Catholic priest and Benedictine monk who presented a way of Christian meditation which utilised a prayer-phrase or mantra. In 1975 Main began Christian meditation groups which met at Ealing Abbey, his monastery in West London, England and, later, in Montreal, Canada. These were ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1926-1982)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Monk
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    Richard of Wallingford
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    Richard of Wallingford was an English mathematician who made major contributions to astronomy/astrology and horology while serving as abbot of St Albans Abbey in Hertfordshire.more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1292-1336)
    • Birthplace: Wallingford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Monk, Astrologer, Astronomer
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    Thich Quang Duc

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    Thich Quang Duc
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    Thích Quảng Đức, was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. Quang Duc was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government led by Ngô Đình Diệm. Photographs of his self-immolation were circulated ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1897-1963)
    • Birthplace: Hội Khánh, Vietnam
    • Profession: Monk
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    Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow
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    Patriarch Alexy II was the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Elected Patriarch of Moscow eighteen months prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, he became the first Russian Patriarch of the post-Soviet period.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1929-2008)
    • Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
    • Profession: Patriarch, Priest, Monk
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    Benedetto Pallavicino was an Italian composer and organist of the late Renaissance. A prolific composer of madrigals, he was resident at the Gonzaga court of Mantua in the 1590s, where he was a close associate of Giaches de Wert, and a competitor of his considerably more famous contemporary Claudio ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1551-1601)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Composer, Monk, Organist
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    Attilio Ariosti
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    Attilio Malachia Ariosti was a Servite Friar and Italian composer in the Baroque style, born in Bologna. He produced more than 30 operas and oratorios, numerous cantatas and instrumental works.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1666-1729)
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Profession: Composer, Monk
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    Leonardo Vinci
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    Leonardo Vinci was an Italian composer, best known for his operas.more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1690-1730)
    • Birthplace: Strongoli, Italy
    • Profession: Opera composer, Monk
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    Charles Sydney Gibbes
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    Charles Sydney Gibbes was a British academic who from 1908 to 1917 served as the English tutor to the children of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. When Nicholas abdicated the throne in March 1917 Gibbes voluntarily accompanied the Imperial family into exile to the Siberian village of Tobolsk. After the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1876-1963)
    • Birthplace: Rotherham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Tutor, Monk
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    Saint William of Gellone, also known as William of Aquitaine, was the second Count of Toulouse from 790 until his replacement in 811. His Occitan name is Guilhem, and he is known in French as Guillaume d'Orange, Guillaume Fierabrace, and the Marquis au court nez. William was canonized a saint on 1066 by ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (755-812)
    • Birthplace: France
    • Profession: Soldier, Monk
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    Father Cesare Bonizzi, O.F.M. Cap., also known as Frate Cesare and Fratello Metallo - which was also the name of his band, is a Capuchin friar, who was known as a heavy metal singer.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Offanengo, Italy
    • Profession: Friar, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more
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    Matthieu Ricard

    Matthieu Ricard is a French Buddhist monk who resides at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal. Born in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France, he is the son of the late Jean-François Revel, a renowned French philosopher. His mother is the lyrical abstractionist painter Yahne Le Toumelin. Matthieu Ricard ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Aix-les-Bains, France
    • Profession: Biologist, Author, Monk, Photographer
    • Credits: Happy, Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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    Bede Griffiths OSB Cam, born Alan Richard Griffiths and also known by the end of his life as Swami Dayananda, was a British-born Benedictine monk who lived in ashrams in South India and became a noted yogi. He became a leading thinker in the development of the dialogue between Christianity and Hinduism.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1906-1993)
    • Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Monk, Writer
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    U Gambira, is a leader of the All-Burma Monks' Alliance, a group which helped lead the 2007 protests against Burma's military government. Following the protests, he went into hiding and published two editorials critical of the Burmese government in the Washington Post and The Guardian on 4 November ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Myanmar
    • Profession: Democracy activist, Monk, Peace activist
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    Thích Quảng Độ is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, a currently banned religious body in Vietnam. In 2002, he was awarded the Homo Homini Award for human rights activism by the Czech group People In Need, which he shared with Thích Huyền Quang and Nguyễn ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Vietnam
    • Profession: Civil rights activist, Politician, Democracy activist, Monk, Writer
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    Lou Tseng-Tsiang
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    Lou Tseng-Tsiang was a Chinese diplomat and a Roman Catholic monk. He was twice Premier of the Republic of China and led his country's delegation at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. He sometimes used the French name René Lou in earlier life, and his monastic name was Pierre-Célestin, O.S.B..more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1871-1949)
    • Birthplace: Zhejiang, China
    • Profession: Diplomat, Monk, Writer
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