use monastic in a sentence.
Are you envisioning a monastic-like group dedicated to turning productive making toward eradicating human suffering and the like?
It is interesting that you have marked a philosophy that moves people to lead lives of monastic asceticism as a philosophy that encourages a small identity.
One could trace it back to monastic traditions born during the early middle ages.
The original Buddhist monastic precepts required that food be restricted to one meal a day before noon.
I have, on occasion, wanted to start a monastic order of really well dressed physicists.
I think the ideal solution would be to adopt the deep springs model, where students do two years of monastic liberal arts education as described, and then finish off at a research university.
Which is pretty funny - Gautama emphasized a practical "middle path" rather than some extremist monastic malarkey, specifically because that sort of crap completely detaches you from daily life.
I agree that choosing poverty as a lifestyle can be egotistical, but monastic silence does not mean never interacting with humanity again.
I tend to move with the job and my rented apartments look like a monastic cell.
Anyway, monastics are on a permanent trip...
Many universities (in Europe) grew out of monastic study and mediaeval universities were founded both by the wealth of princes and by papal bull.
Just be careful, I lost three close friends to the monastic life because of his teachings -- two are monks with Ajaan Geoff at his monastery outside San Diego, another is ordained at a monastery out in the jungle in Thailand.
In the mean-time, the Wikipedia page on the Patimokkha () lists the monastic precepts for the Theravada tradition; even in schematic form, you can see that they are quite detailed.
I see your point, but — as already more eloquently explained by ecuzzillo and monastic — dormancy does eventually lead to worthlessness.