ALL THE GREAT MASTERS PROCLAIM THE REQUIREMENT OF PRACTICE IN SOLITUDE.
“… the teaching of Longchen Nyingthik that came forth from the power of his (Jigme Lingpa) awareness brings incomparable benefit to beings. This is because of the power of his aspiration to maintain the non-conceptual ultimate thought of enlightenment in solitary places.
Without confidence in the view and meditation, even if one has the intention to help others, one will be fettered by distraction, stuck in the sphere of the eight worldly concerns and enslaved by passion and aggression.”
— Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche’s commentary on Patrul Rinpoche’s: Three Words that Shake the Vital Point.
How wonderful if we can create a culture that readily sponsors those rare people who have the capacity for solitary retreat by providing them with sustenance and the remote hermitages suitable for that training. Meditators work 24 hours a day for all sentient beings; there is no way they can have a normal job. Without meditators, the lineages will die; dharma will only exist on paper and in empty spoken words.