In Pali, the language of Theravada Buddhism, parisa means following or assembly, and denotes the four groups of followers of the Buddha: bhikkhu or monks, bhikkhuni or nuns, plus lay male and female followers (laymen and laywomen). This is the canonical term, though in popular usage today sangha is often used in this broad sense to mean the entire community of Buddhists.

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