Since I didn't feel like spamming the introductions forum with a separate message; I'm a Dutch guy, waiting to ordain at Bodhinyana next year. Thought I'd sign up here since every time I google questions about my decision I end up on this forum
So here's the situation. I've contacted Bodhinyana monastery via e-mail, asking if I could ordain in october 2014. I've been put on the waiting list and "there is a good chance I can come straight away (but I can't be given an absolute guarantee)" since my application is all nice and early. This is good enough for me at this point
I just want to go there, I have no thoughts on how long I want to stay there, how/why/when/if I want to achieve enlightenment etc, I just want to try out that life since I think it is very close to the life I am already living, and it doesn't involve the stress of work and study that feel meaningless to me.
It's curious though; I read James the Giant's thread (congratulations by the way) and it sort of came off as if you really need to "qualify" for this.. strange, since I'm put on the list with no questions asked. (James qualifies better than me, I'm a terrible driver and I'd hate to crash Ajahn Brahm into something since I don't think he'll be reborn
) But maybe we're both admitted but James is just allowed to come earlier because of his positive assessment? Well, I guess it will be ok. I have no chance to visit Bodhinyana beforehand, unfortunately.
Anyway, my main question I guess: Do any of you happen to have any info/experience/tips on things I will need to arrange by then? Since I'm terrible with the bureaucracy of samsara. (I could ask them again, but I don't want to disrupt their peace and all
) Visas, for example. The website says: "According to Australian visa regulations Bodhinyana Monastery must give precedence to Australian candidates. Moreover, the visa regulations are themselves quite onerous, and it is impossible to know beforehand whether any particular application will be successful." Should I be super-worried now? (don't think any of you good Buddhists will advice worry, but you get the point
I also don't have the full picture on Bodhinyana's approach to different levels of ordination (I read about it for other monasteries but not them), whether I should ask to become (and remain!) a monk, a novice, an anigarika, a guest, or what have you. For example: If I'd be a monk I wouldn't be allowed to handle money, but could I have back-up possessions back at home, as a life raft for laylife? Are there other things I need to take into consideration?
I apologise for the messy topic and the absence of a clear question, but I'm just trying to find out how to handle all of this, while there is no time pressure yet
I hope you sort of get my situation and maybe some of you will be able to share some helpful hints. Thanks in advance. With metta