zavk wrote:Also, there is Bodhivana Monastery of the Thai Forest tradition in Warburton. The abbot is Ajahn Kalyano.
Yes, that's one to check out if you have a free weekend and would like to stay at a proper monastery and see what goes on there. They always welcome guests staying (outside the rains retreat, which ends mid October). Give Ajahn Kalyano a phone call to arrange it on (03) 5966 5999.
They are at 780 Woods Point Road, East Warburton, and there's a bus which goes right to the gate.
(Train to Lilydale, then the bus to 780 Woods Point Road)
I stayed there for two weeks, and it was great. I might ordain there if I don't find a better place.
There would be no formal teaching for lay-people, but you'd soak up the vibes and maybe read some books, and ask the monks questions.