a Buddhist monk or layperson who has taken a vow to lead a life of virtue; a Buddhist religious devotee; also written bhikku , also called bhikkhuni (female), bhikshu
Bhikkhus often obey the rules of conduct in the Vinaya.
1811 < Sanskrit 'beggar'
He thrice retired into a monastery and wore the dress of a bhikkhu.
"Monks" does not convey the real meaning of bhikkhu, a mendicant ascetic wearer of the yellow robe.
bhikkhu, "beggar," the name given by the Buddha to His ordained disciples.