The Pali word "bhante" is a sex neutral term, unlike "bhikkhu" or "bhikkhuni". It is equivalent to Sanskrit verb 'Vande' or 'Bande' as in the song Vande Mataram. Vande means a reverential action of 'bowing' to someone or something. The Nepali terms for the Buddhist priestly caste, bare and bande, have the same derivation. The Pali term Bhante can also be used as an honorific or a form of address to specific Buddhist monks.
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