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Monk 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 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 ...more

Age: Died at 63 (1483-1546)

Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany

Profession: Priest, Theologian, Professor, Physician, Monk, + more

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Nhat Hanh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Monks
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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 ...more

Age: 90

Birthplace: Vietnam

Profession: Pacifist, Poet, Monk, Writer, Teacher

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Grigori Rasputin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Monks
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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

Age: Died 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 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

Age: Died at 62 (1822-1884)

Birthplace: Hynčice, Czech Republic

Profession: Scientist, Monk, Botanist

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#41 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#77 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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