Awesome, It'll great to meet you! I hope I will still be there, and have not been overcome by some hindrance and run away!
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.
I don't think it was a matter of "qualifying", because there are other guys there who can't drive or cook, and they're anagarikas. In fact, I think only one of the three anagarikas can drive.
I think I was allowed to come quickly because I lived just an hour away, and the rule about Australian visa regulations, and because I had visited the monastery fairly often, and because I knew some of the monks.
Plus they also knew I'd lived in monasteries and meditation centres in the past.
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 worry, but you should definitely contact the Australian embassy in Holland and see what you need to qualify for long term residence in Australia. If you like, I will ask some of the monks and anagarikas what visas they are on, and get back to you in a couple of weeks.
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.
It's basically the same as this, the sister monastery near Sydney;http://santifm.org/santi/wp-content/upl ... tSanti.pdf
You start at the beginning, but I think you'd be joining the process at the Long Term Lay Guest stage, since you are coming all the way from Holland.
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?
Well, I know monks who have their old stuff at their parent's house... but you need to let it all go when you actually take up the bhikkhu's robes. Some of the bhikkhus on here might be able to advise you on this.
I'm not sure it's completely good advice, but Ajahn Vajiro once said to a group of laypeople and me, "Burn your bridges. Make it difficult to go home. That way you will be more likely to stay a bhikkhu because it's easier to stay than leave."
As for your other questions, hmmm, I recommend that between now and when you come, you go stay for a few weeks in one of the very good European monasteries in this tradition.... there is one in Italy, one in Switzerland, several in the UK. And I'm sure there are more not listed on this list: http://forestsangha.org/monasteries/
They'll be able to answer your questions, plus you can get a taste of the life.
Oh, if you are interested especially in Australia, there is a monastery associated with Bodhnyana over near Sydney that is now looking for laypeople and anagarikas. They have been small until recently, but now they are growing... it's http://www.wbd.org.au
Wat Buddha Dhamma.
One of the monks at Bodhinyana suggested I go stay there until I was offered a place at Bodhinyana, and that would have been a good option.
Best of luck, and I hope someone else can answer you too.