This post comes after hitting a wall with meditation. I backed up to see the bigger picture and I realize I am having trouble with other things, such as seeking refuge in the Sangha.
Are there levels of being a monk somewhere between formal full-time residency and lay practitioner?
I am wondering if there are any opportunities in the US as I have seen in Thailand. It was my understanding, one can be accepted as a monk, as one wishes to stay at a temple for a weekend or longer, and return for personal, spiritual development as one can. Something not as formal as staying long-term, and yet not quite the same as booking for a group retreat as a "lay practitioner."
I am not looking for a special place to meditate per say, or a therapeutic mini-vacation from a busy life, I am interested in something where my day-to-day life at home is where my spiritual work and meditation is being practiced with earnest effort, and the time at a center is for feeling a part of a community and the support of the Sangha, with some personalized instruction or spiritual guidance if possible. It is very hard to teach myself everything from books alone. And making reservations for a ten-day or even shorter public meditation event is a challenge, as I am a single parent.