Beneficial Nectar for All
The core benefits and advantages of staying in
Those 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 wealth is 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.
On the need to make effort in meditation while alone in peaceful
forests, the Sutra of Individual Liberation says:
Advanced in years, having listened a lot,
One is happy to stay in forests.
You should also become familiar with more detailed teachings
in other texts such as Dzogpa Chenpo Mind's Ease and the Discourse
While abiding in concentration, if you think about outer material
objects, if you 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 things
Should be known as disaster without end.
So, 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
Until 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.
In the Sutra of the Rare and Sublime Casket it also says:
For a beginner to fully pacify and thoroughly tame his mind,
he should stay in remote places.
So, 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 concentration.
Furthermore, in the Discourse on Solitude, it says:
Until four people
Lift your body onto a stretcher,
It is best to go to a remote place
And practice peaceful concentration.
The Bodhisattva Shantideva also said many things that are in accord
Likewise, on the subject of the benefits and advantages of solitude,
the Dzogpa Chenpo Mind's Ease says:
Forests 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 about existence
Is a hundred thousand and more times better
Than all the merit accumulated through making offerings for an
To the Buddhas of as manay kalpas as there are grains of sand
Because of that, one should depend on forests.
As 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.
In the King of Samadhi Sutra it says:
The 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 completely.
Meditate on supreme emptiness and peace.
With a diligent and extremely diligent mind
Stay in remote places just as wild animals do.
You should strive to practice concentration with keen interest,
thinking again and again about the meaning of the detailed teachings
in the sutras, tantras and commentaries.
If you want more details about the Retreat Place supervised by
Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche in Filand, you can visit the Rangjung
Considering what was necessary, Tulku Dakpa wrote
this in Finland.
May it be the cause for making everything meaningful.