this is fascinating to me.
i suddenly have a ton of questions about monasticism, especially this difference between "traditional" and "untraditional" monasticism, as you have called them...so on a sidebar for this thread, does anyone know of any good books on monasticism? at this point i am most interested in reading about things like the process of becoming a monastic, questions like: does a prospective-monastic get to choose the kind of lifestyle as a monastic he/she will live? if so, to what extent? if anyone knows the answers to these, or has thoughts about them, please share...but if there is a good book out there explaining these kinds of things about Orthodox monasticism, i would be grateful if you would share that too - thanks in advance!