Maybe that’s not your intention but your use of adjectives ‘snarky’ , ‘ridiculous’ across your post gave me the impression you have some sort of resentment with what you seem to take Bhante Brahmali, Theravadin Western monks and people like me who appreciated his words and article to represent. And I am really puzzled as I cannot fully comprehend where you are coming from in that aspect.
Nevertheless I write this reply as a piece of feedback and to say that this forum is a place safe enough for you to clear out whatever issues or share whatever reasons you may have for that (hypothetical) resentment.
On the technicality of your point . Again , please know and note that this place is not invested or biased to anything particular hidden agenda or particular linguistic family of EBTs.
As per A. Sujato’s reply above, most of us have limited understanding of Chinese EBTs so it is on you the opportunity to offer and share with us a broader perspective based on those.
Note that the way you do that will definitely make a difference on whether or not people will give you and your views the attention you believe they deserve.
Assuming your intention is wholesome and you come from a place of appreciation of the Buddha and his Dhamma, I strongly encourage you to make an extra effort and give a try to a more friendly, receptive and kind choice of words and tone.
With time you will find yourself making meaningful contributions to this forum and surely achieve what I assume is your objective: to expand the range of this community’s understanding and awareness of what different linguistic families of EBTs have to say on topics such as the one the OP is about. And of course, whatever interesting hypothesis we can form about how these agree or disagree on things such as the expectation or obligation to have bhikkhus and bhikkhunis taking fixed residence instead of inhabiting the feet of trees.
We have just met. We are friendly people with Buddha as our Teacher.
Be well and welcome to Central’s D&D!