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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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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 punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract 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 condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor. Luther taught ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 63 (1483-1546)

Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany

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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 a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005. Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh is active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict and he also refrains from animal product consumption as a means of non-violence towards non-human animals. In November 2014, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 91

Birthplace: Vietnam

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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 life and the degree of influence he exerted over the shy and irresolute Tsar and the strong-willed Alexandra Feodorovna, his wife. Accounts are often based on dubious memoirs, hearsay and legend. While his influence and position may have been exaggerated, historians agree that his presence played a significant role in the increasing unpopularity of the Imperial couple and the downfall of the ...more on Wikipedia

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 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 characteristics of pea plants: plant height, pod shape and color, seed shape and color, and flower position and color. With seed color, he showed that when a yellow pea and a green pea were bred together their offspring plant was always ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 62 (1822-1884)

Birthplace: Hynčice, Czech Republic

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