I want to involve my practice within a temple (a struggle of mine when it concerns organized religion, it is slowly falling away) and, more particularly, learn under a specific bhikkhu. At this time, I've only met in person once with the bhikkhu I have in mind and I want to know if there is a proper way in asking to learn under him? I am uncertain if that is practiced between laity and monastics (beyond group settings). I plan on attending dhamma talks and group meditation teachings (although I still struggle with the role of recitations / chantings).
Do lay persons traditionally learn directly under bhikkhu's?
I really hope to progress in my practice as correctly and diligently as possible and hope to subject myself to direct guidance of a venerable monk!