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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?"
  • Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Monks
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    Martin Luther, , (; German: [ˈmaɐ̯tiːn ˈlʊtɐ]; 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; in particular, he disputed the view on indulgences. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1483-1546)
    • Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany

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  • Thích Nhất Hạnh (; Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ ɲə̌t hâjŋ̟ˀ] (listen); born as Nguyễn Xuân Bảo on October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition. Thích Nhất Hạnh spent most of his later life residing in the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term "Engaged Buddhism" in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. After a long term of exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005. In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to spend his remaining days at his "root temple," Từ Hiếu Temple near Huế.Nhất Hạnh has published over 100 books,... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Vietnam

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    Grigori Rasputin

    Grigori Rasputin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Monks
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    Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (; Russian: Григо́рий Ефи́мович Распу́тин [ɡrʲɪˈɡorʲɪj jɪˈfʲiməvʲɪtɕ rɐˈsputʲɪn]; 22 January [O.S. 9 January] 1869 – 30 December [O.S. 17 December] 1916) was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia. Born to a peasant family in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye, Tobolsk governorate (now Tyumen oblast), Rasputin had a religious conversion experience after taking a pilgrimage to a monastery in 1897. He has been described as a monk or as a "strannik" (wanderer, or pilgrim), though he held no official position in the Russian... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1869-1916)
    • Birthplace: Pokrovskoye, Russia


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  • Gregor Mendel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Monks
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    Gregor Johann Mendel (Czech: Řehoř Jan Mendel; 20 July 1822 – 6 January 1884) (English: ) was a scientist, Augustinian friar and abbot of St. Thomas' Abbey in Brno, Margraviate of Moravia. Mendel was born in a German-speaking family in the Silesian part of the Austrian Empire (today's Czech Republic) and gained posthumous recognition as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Though farmers had known for millennia that crossbreeding of animals and plants could favor certain desirable traits, Mendel's pea plant experiments conducted between 1856 and 1863 established many of the rules of heredity, now referred to as the laws of Mendelian inheritance.Mendel worked with seven... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1822-1884)
    • Birthplace: Hynčice, Czech Republic