1. The Buddhist monastic order, consisting of ordained monks (sō 僧) and nuns (nisō 尼僧). 2. The four-fold sangha (shishu 四衆), consisting of Buddhist monks, nuns, lay men, and lay women. 3. Teachers, followers, and supporters of Buddhism in all realms of existence, including buddhas, bodhisattvas, arhats, devas, and a host of other supernatural beings. →"monk," "nun."