All Forest Monks will observe at least one of the dhutanga austerities. The dhutanga austerities are meant to deepen the practice of meditation and assist in living the Holy Life. Their aim is to help the practitioner to develop detachment with material things including the body.
NB: bhikkhus do not beg per se, since they are not allowed under Monastic rules (Vinaya) to ask/beg for food. The bhikkhu observing this dhutanga declines invitations to take meals at the houses of Lay people.
8. āraññika (Dwelling in a peaceful place) — this is the austerity where the bhikkhu does not dwell in a village or noisy temple. This is meant to help with meditations it is very hard to meditate in a noisy place.
11. susānika (Dwelling among the graves) — this is the austerity of living/dwelling in a cemetery. NB cemeteries in Ancient & modern India often have corpses left out in the open or only partially cremated.
Notable Modern Practitioners