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Although most of us pass through torii and temple gates as visitors, there are a few for whom this passage is a return home!

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PRIEST vs. MONK   祭司、司祭 vs. 修道士、僧侶


  • A priest is someone who has the authority to perform religious ceremonies.

    A monk is someone who lives alone or in a religious community separate from general society in order to live a simple life of prayer and deep thought.
  • priest とは、宗教儀式を執り行う権威のある人、つまり、祭司や司祭のことです。

    monk は、祈りと瞑想の簡素な生活をするために、一人で、または一般の社会から離れた修道院などで暮らす人、つまり、修道士や僧侶のことです。



  1. We were married in a church by a Catholic priest.
  2. My uncle is the head priest at a shrine in Fukuoka.
  3. Tourists are often surprised to see Buddhist monks standing with their alms bowls in the middle of busy, modern Shinjuku.
  4. Did you know that Mr. Hampton trained as a monk at a monastery (= a place where monks live) in Thailand before becoming a math teacher?

英会話レッスンIMPORTANT! The WordMaster will be away all next week for his annual Obon holiday. Rather than sending you a WordMaster Challenge tomorrow, as is normal for the second Friday of the month, we've prepared one more brand new edition - the conclusion of our two-week series on temples and shrines. Until then!