…ism. I couldn’t understand why these monks — with the alleged wisdom gained over years of silence — didn’t just integrate back to society and help make the world a better place. Some have, like the founder of Headspace, and authors like Jack Kornfield… but most don’t.
In most Buddhist monasteries and convents, performing acts of service for the community is required. So they are giving back and interacting with their communities, not isolated. Also, monks are scholars, they have devoted themselves to learning the dharma, so they are living conduits of the teachings of the Buddha. If we didn’t have them, and their books and teachings, we wouldn’t have Buddhism.