How are monasteries able to support monks/nuns?

As anyone that isn’t a monk or nun knows, it costs a lot of money to be alive. Presumably, most monks and nuns don’t have employment outside of the monastery nor do they bring in much, if any, income. So how do monasteries feed/clothe/and provide lodging, seemingly for free to many individuals throughout their entire life?

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As anyone that isn’t a monk or nun knows, it costs a lot of money to be alive. Presumably, most monks and nuns don’t have employment outside of the monastery nor do they bring in much, if any, income. So how do monasteries feed/clothe/and provide lodging, seemingly for free to many individuals throughout their entire…

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