I looked at your blog. What an interesting site. It will take time to read and explore the interesting links you have posted.
And you are considering becoming a monk in the OBC? Is that in England or the United States?
I was a monk for several years at Shasta Abbey and then at a smaller temple for less than a year. I read your questions about becoming a monk. I think the fact that you are asking those questions indicates that you are a thoughtful person and are not jumping in without considering what you are doing.
I hope you continue to post your thoughts and experiences as you progress toward your goal of becoming a Buddhist Monk. I would be interested to hear why you chose the OBC. Do you already have a teacher in the OBC and wish to train with that teacher, or is it their form of Zen Buddhism that draws you?
Thank you for being a part of this forum. The more different points of view and experiences expressed here, the more I love being a part OBCC. I have found posting on this site to be healing and wonderful. My few posts here have been received with love and compassion and the questions that were asked I have found help me look at my experience from a new perspective.
Thanks again, for the link to your blog.