Buddhist leadership varies by sect and by region, according to Patheos.com, a site on religion and spirituality. There is no central administrative body that governs all Buddhists. The association between sects and national governments also varies.


Although there are differences among sects, a Buddhist institution usually has a recognized leader, such as a head monk, as well as others who have different responsibilities within the institution. These individuals are typically older and more experienced.


There are Buddhist monasteries that train monks, with senior monks as teachers and instructors. Still other institutions operate schools, universities, medical clinics, and vocational training programs for laypeople.

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Other Buddhist clergy may teach at non-Buddhist schools or be involved in charity groups, and some live and travel alone, devoting their lives to their beliefs without being supported by any institution.

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