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  • Difference between Bhante and Venerable

    Dear Venerables,

    I wonder, some monks are addressed to as Bhante, others as Venerable. What is the difference?

    Thanks and metta,
    Jo

  • #2
    Hi Jo,

    One is English, the other is Pali

    But Bhante doesn't really mean "venerable". It's just a polite way of addressing a monk.

    Metta!

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    • #3
      I've been wondering something pretty similar, Jo.

      Venerable Sunyo, is it appropriate to address an Ajahn as Bhante, if that Ajahn is a monk that is not personally known? For instance, if one encounters a monk and doesn't know his title, should one just call him Bhante, or should one call him Ajahn? I know it means "teacher." Thank you!

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      • #4
        Thanks!

        Jo

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        • #5
          Yes, Bhante is perfectly fine. It applies to any monk.

          It's better to learn the monks' names, though. Sometimes somebody says: "Bhante?" and then about ten monks turn around! Quite funny.

          With kindness,
          Sunyo

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