The spirit of those days, when monachism meant all that was purely ideal and beautiful, seems to live again.
If so, but not otherwise, you may then embrace the duties of monachism.
Though there were many good points in monachism, the Fathers were not slow to point out its defects.
At the time of his death (c. 901) monachism was in a bad way.
Of the later days of monachism it is not so pleasant to write.
The subsequent history of Greek monachism has little interest.
In the latter there is something that directly points at monachism.
The spirit of monachism is as distinguishable as if the cowled ghosts of the victims were actually seen flitting along the aisles.
monachism itself, so rich and fruitful once, now all rotted into peat.
Such, then, was the monachism which constituted the very pith and marrow of Buddhism.