Well, this is a two part question. Firstly, I'm very interested in this side of Buddhism... But I'm not sure where to really begin. Do I read books? Is it alright to practice alone? Surely it would be hard to find others who practice this, unlike having a church in every town.

And for the second part, exactly who does dhutanga practices? Is anyone who follows the standard practices a 'monk?' And if I'm interested, then should I follow standard dhutanga practices? Including going on almsrounds, and if I am permitted, then is any town an 'almsground?'

So obviously I'm confused about two basic points ... Where do I begin at? It's obviously difficult to find a mentor. And in many places dhutanga is still practiced, I'm very interested in many points it has but I'm not sure who exactly follows it; considering the complexity of the points using terms such as monk and almsground.