For someone living in the United States, what's the easiest way to live as a monk?
Has anyone here tried ordaining?
No I haven't and almost certainly won't try ordination.
I know I don't have the character and inclination for it.
Mainly, because like you say you apparently do.....I don't tend to accept authority well...and for that reason I would have programs in a monastic situation.
I tend to ask questions when lectured , and not simply accept what I am told is "the right way".
When I hear "it's always been like this", my first response is, "O.K., but why?"
The sacrifice and austerity of a monastic life wouldn't bother me....I've done something similar before.
But that's just my nature.
What I really wanted to say is that you should start out by exploring ALL options in Buddhisim. Then pick that option...or no option at all if that is your choice...that seems the best for you.
Investigate first, don't simply jump in and join...until you are sure that the group you are joining is really right for you.
If that choice is the monastic life....then that's great...do it.
Personally....and I acknowledge this is my personal opinion....I feel that living outside in the real world but NOT SACRIFING YOUR PERSONAL BUDDHIST VALUES AND BEHAVIOR...living as a Buddhist layman....is a higher calling than living a monastic life.
But again, that's my personal choice.
Others would probably disagree. As they say, "Results may vary".