Yes it is true that in accordance with the Vinaya, it is inevitable the he will have to have some form of association with with the monastic community in one form or another weather it be his mentor, or it be during the rains retreat. Which still leads me to my later remark that through maturity and dedication to the Dhamma-Vinaya it still should not pose as such an inappropriate situation. Does one start accumulating sensual desire towards ones mother simply because she is the only women around? No she is ones mother. As such, through maturity one hopes to overcome sensual desire, inasmuch would one not recognise "fellow Bhikkhu", "ones teacher and mentor"?Dhammanando wrote: ↑Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:19 pmThe Vinaya, which requires that the early years after his ordination (at least the first five, and ideally the first ten) have to be spent living in dependence on a teacher. In practice this will virtually always entail living in a community. Admittedly in practice this is a rule that's more honoured in the breach nowadays, and so if a man wanted to just get ordained and then go gallivanting off by himself he could probably get away with it. He wouldn't, however, be doing things properly.
I would also not go as far as to say that one is "necessarily" gallivanting off by himself. If he finds it suitable for his temperament and practice, then one is merely trying to establish a solid base for his practice. Excuse me if I'm wrong, but that is the same reason one becomes a Bhikkhu is it not? Of course if one is fueled by false expectations and delusions of grandeur then gallivanting of by himself is most likely not a wise choice, although I would think that it would probably be a sound lesson in ones own abilities.