Sam Vara wrote:Hi DAWN,
you might want to have a look at the Bhayabherava Sutta.
- it seems to address the issue of the dangers of seclusion and what one can do to protect oneself from them.
James the Giant
As for the dangers of total seclusion, Ajahn Kalyano said sometimes when a bhikkhu lives by himself for a long time, he may develop some strange views, or even wrong views. And so being in a sangha where they have regular contact with other bhikkhus is good, because the other bhukkhus can correct that monk or tell him he's behaving a little strangely.
As for the benefits of seclusion, well! They are countless, and it is referred to by the Buddha as a very useful thing again and again, in many suttas.
Fortunatly when there is no bhikkhus there is Suttas of The Bouddha that can lead us in our views!
Hanzze wrote:Fortunatly when there is no bhikkhus there is Suttas of The Bouddha that can lead us in our views!
How? If one has developed some strange views, how would a Sutta of the Buddha help? If one would know that he has developed strange views, of course the suttas could help.
Hanzze wrote:A romantic poem easy gets lost.
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