This page serves to list all different job titles associated with the Buddhist faith.
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Sami (沙弥) was a title meaning ‘Cleric of Minor Orders.’ This title was given to people by themselves. Until the arrival of Chien-Chien in 754 all religious members were self ordained. This particular titles mean the person holding it neither required or performed taking the tonsure.1
People who held the title:
1. Miller, R. A.. (1981) “The Lost Poetic Sequence of the Priest Manzei”. Monumenta Nipponica. Vol.36 No.2 pp.133-172
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