Does anyone know any details on this location?
I have read on many occasions how the early disciples would retreat to isolated areas for long stretches to focus on the practice. Many would return to receive a poignant dhamma discourse from the Blessed One and then would take this instruction and practice.
Many of us are also aware how the Thai Forest Tradition and other Forest Traditions started out with this same ideal.
In modern times it would seem monasteries and central locations are almost a necessity. It is interesting that these monks might leave behind many of the "extras" *I am including puja, work periods, and regular community involvement in this not because I do not believe they are dhamma faithful but because they might not be "as" faithful as the absolute seclusion/renunciation volition - To focus entirely on self directed study/practice.
I also wonder what other dhutanga practices they might be adopting as I have read they are only taking the one meal a day and have decided to refrain from having a steward/anagarika as an aid.
So in general I know I have given my opinion along with the question but I'd love to know more and I really hope this is the case because it seems individuals that help form such "environments" along with the wonderful merit of the laity really end up producing wonderful dhamma instructors/arhants and in general improve all of our practices/lives by being present.
Side note, does anyone know of other locations such as this that focus very strongly on the formal practice?
I know U Pandita in the Mahasi tradition has a strong schedule at his location and Pa Auk through his but are there any schools open to pursuing ones own route within the orthodox/classical theravada framework like these monks might be establishing?
Haha as you can tell I'm really just excited that we may have this in the west!