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core benefits and advantages of
staying in remote places
Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche
who deem it necessary to make use of the freedoms
and assets of this very life should start out by
thinking again and again that compounded things
are impermanent, that all goods are deceptive, that
life is impermanent, that cyclic existence is suffering
and so forth, that all the appearances of existence,
whatever they may be, are utterly futile.
the need to make effort in meditation while alone
in peaceful forests, the Sutra of Individual Liberation
in years, having listened a lot,
One is happy to stay in forests.
should also become familiar with more detailed teachings
in other texts such as Dzogpa Chenpo Mind's Ease
and the Discourse on Solitude.
abiding in concentration, if you think about outer
material objects, search them out, guard them, suffer
because of them, are unhappy, craving, arrogant,
deceitful, and so on, in relation to them, it is
the source of many non-virtues. You should stop
acting like this since it will make you fall into
the lower realms in future lives. In the words of
the glorious protector, noble Nagarjuna:
The sufferings of searching, gathering and guarding
Should be known as disaster without end.
everyone who wishes to improve themselves, should
first of all limit their desires and become satisfied
with their lot. They should then go to remote places
with forests, meadows and the like, where they are
not contaminated by things that distract them into
busyness, and where birds and their young and other
wild animals move about freely. Once they get there,
it is very important that they practice concentration
diligently. In the words of the eminent Kunchen
you have found a support for your mind
You are completely deceived by outer objects,
So, you should be keen to stay in remote forests.
the Sutra of the Rare and Sublime Casket it also
a beginner to fully pacify and thoroughly tame his
mind, he should stay in remote places.
you should go to a remote place and without laziness
or procrastination, quickly set yourself to thinking
about the nature of life as impermanence and then,
in a peaceful forest there, you should practice
in the Discourse on Solitude, it says:
Lift your body onto a stretcher
It is best to go to a remote place
And practice peaceful concentration.
Bodhisattva Shantideva also said many things that
are in accord with this.
on the subject of the benefits and advantages of
solitude, the Dzogpa Chenpo Mind's Ease says:
like that are praised by all the Conquerors.
The merit of taking even seven steps
In the direction of a remote place out of sadness
Is a hundred thousand and more times better
Than all the merit accumulated through making offerings
for an entire
To the Buddhas of as many kalpas as there are grains
of sand in the
Because of that, one should depend on forests.
it says, the merit of taking seven steps with keen
interest towards a remote place such as a forest
out of sadness about cyclic existence, is greater
than that of a person who makes material offerings
to the Buddha during an entire kalpa.
the King of Samadhi Sutra it says:
merit of taking merely seven steps in the direction
of a remote place due to extreme sadness is immeasurably
greater than the merit of someone making offerings
of flowers, incense, food, or anything that causes
happiness, to all the Buddhas during an entire kalpa.
stop protecting life and limb.
Meditate on supreme emptiness and peace.
With a diligent and extremely diligent mind
Stay in remote places just as wild animals do.
should strive to practice concentration with keen
interest, thinking again and again about the meaning
of the detailed teachings in the sutras, tantras
what was necessary, Tulku Dakpa wrote this in Finland.
May it be the cause for making everything meaningful.