Unit 2. Monasticism and Monastic Products

Monasticism has existed for thousands of years, a form of contemplative life present in several religious traditions, such as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

As an initial reflection, it is important to note that, while mercantilism has often been frowned upon by some monastic orders, whose main purpose is to lead a contemplative and religious life, the selling of products for sustenance or to fund monastic activities has been widely accepted and practiced for a long time. Often, monastic products become part of the ‘soul’ of monastic life, closely integrated into their everyday routines.