Hello. I have been a Buddhist for 3 years. I have been intent on (eventually) since this past February. As of a couple months ago I have committed to Theravāda Buddhism, through my amazement with and faith in the Thai Forest Tradition, esp. Ajahn Mun. I recently read his biography, written by Ajahn Mahā Bua. I am very, very intent on pursuing his style of practice.
Initially my intention was to practice & ordain in his lineage but after reading parts of a book on the history of the Thai Forest Tradition & discovering that the forest wandering style of practice has nearly, if not wholly, died out in Thailand due to deforestation I am very discouraged...I feel if his lineage is not able to employ his style of practice given modern conditions then it would be better to prioritize pursuing his style of practice rather than lineage, even if that means joining a completely different lineage of Theravāda Buddhism.
I am aware of the many western monasteries in this lineage. I am not interested in them. I have great respect for them & their abbots but by my understanding they fail to fully immerse themselves in deep, secluded wilderness in a manner which provokes the sort of fear that was so integral to the early Thai Forest Tradition.
So does anyone have advice? If you wanted to practice as a wandering forest monk who were to undertake the dhutanga practices & largely live in solitude where would you go? Who would you practice under? Is there any genuine potential for this sort of practice to be undertaken in modern Thailand? Burma? Laos? Vietnam? Sri Lanka? China, even? Where can I practice Theravāda Buddhism in a manner that lives up to what Ajahn Mun taught his disciples?