I have an attachment there which will explain the Anagarica and Samanera periods, the attachment isn't from aus but the UK monasteries but I would imagine the reasons are the same.
Yes, I received the same publication from Cittaviveka last year, but it explained completely nothing for me. After leaving Cittaviveka I had the feeling that there is one central theme of this system of rules and conditions: "If you don't agree with the practices and prove it by years of servitude, you simply don't belong here." This is how bureaucracy can override common sense concerns, for example regarding the routine task of trashing, slashing, cutting, raking, weeding and burning the natural environment whole morning... So much for that contemplative life and gentleness.
But anyway, this is not important any more; I'm done with these English "forest" monasteries. And this was the last piece of critics on my part.
I was just curious about the reasons of Guy.
I too agree that seeing how things work in Thailand is a good idea, and I also respect Ajahn Brahm as one of my main teachers.
"Just as in the great ocean there is but one taste — the taste of salt — so in this Doctrine and Discipline there is but one taste — the taste of freedom"