Avoiding spiritual loneliness is an important lesson. In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche encourages us to meditate every morning and to do it correctly. We need to think of the purpose. Why are we meditating?
Don’t meditate like a dead tree! Dead tree meditation means that we are approaching the meditation session alone. In this type of meditation, we don’t take the time to generate compassion. We forget to reflect on motivation. In dead tree meditation we neglect supplication. Why do we meditate in this way? It is based upon pride. We think that we can do it alone because we are full of pride. Rinpoche reminds us that this won’t work — because we have no wisdom!
Instead, we need to recall the proper motivation of wishing that all sentient beings are freed from suffering and bondage. We spend some time to reflect on our own minds. When we do this we also take the opportunity to ask all the Buddhas to think of us and support us in our meditation. Don’t fall into spiritual loneliness. Countless Buddhas and bodhisattvas have come before us.
Then after we finish the meditation, we drop attachment to any kind of experience. We should meditate with detachment. Finally, we seal the session by dedicating the merit of our practice to the liberation of all sentient beings. As we practice in this way, we are connected to all the Buddhas and bodhisattvas and to all sentient beings. We are surrounded by support and we are working to benefit countless beings. If we practice in this way, we can avoid spiritual loneliness.