What is a Warrior Monk?


A warrior monk is a concept found in various cultures of a person who combines aspects of being a monk, such as deep religious devotion and an ascetic lifestyle, with being a warrior, trained to engage in violent conflict.

Examples include:

  • Sant Sipahi is a Sikh ideology, inspired by the lives of Sikh gurus, of a saint soldier who would adhere one’s life in strict discipline both in mind and body.
  • Sōhei, a type of Japanese warrior.
  • Righteous armies, Korean guerrilla fighters, including monks
  • Knights Templar, Knights Hospitaller and Teutonic Knights, warriors during the Crusades.
  • Shaolin Monastery, a Chinese monastery renowned for monks who were experts in the martial arts.
  • Naga Sadhus, a militaristic sect of arms-bearing Hindu sannyasi.

Nowadays within certain parts of the legal world, legal practitioners who publish articles in law reviews or teach at law schools in addition to their full-time legal practice are occasionally referred to as warrior monks.

In fiction:

  • The description of the ideal soldier in the manual of the First Earth Battalion.
    • The First Earth Battalion was the name proposed by Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon, a US soldier who had served in Vietnam, for his idea of a new military of supersoldiers to be organised along New Age lines.
    • A book of the same name was published in 1982.
  • The Jedi Order, a fictional monastic organisation in the Star Wars epic space opera franchise
  • The Adeptus Astartes, Space Marines, are genetically altered super soldiers who serve the Imperium of Mankind in the Warhammer 40,000 universe alongside the Adepta Sororitas, Sisters of Battle, who are soldier-nuns serving directly under the command of the Imperium’s church.

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