Suppose I should re-introduce myself considering the recent Name change.
I was Manapa as the thread is originally called, and have been an Anagarika for the past 15 months or so. I asked for a 'Dhamma-Name when I left the Anagarika Training on 09-01-2012 and received Cittasanto, which means 'one who has a peaceful mind/heart'. I am quite happy about it as one of my friends there who was the exact opposite of me had the reverse name Santamano
anyway I was at the monastery for nearly 2years in total, and would recommend the training for anyone, even if becoming a Bhikkhu isn't on the cards for you, it is certainly well worth it.
I decided to leave the training for a number of reasons, which I won't go into here in public other than to say I no longer found it as beneficial, as I had a month or so ago, and unlike some recent posts would indicate from others, I found at least some of the Monastics were, at least, Very good people, and personally wouldn't be surprised if they had attained the path to some degree, but they certainly didn't say so to myself and the only one I asked directly (in a particular context of conversation of why I done certain things for them even when it caused me difficulties) did deny any such attainment.
The Community there helped me in many ways and I am Very Grateful for the opportunity.
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.John Stuart Mill