A person who is embarking on a personal retreat makes a great sacrifice to pacify and subdue own inner conflicts that are hindrances to the advancement of spiritual practice and harmful effect on their lives and others, by doing so one creates a beneficial outer and internal environment for everyone that they meet. Personally also a person may want to just disengage from outer stimulation and the hustle and bustle of today’s world.
Therefore a retreat gives us more hope, strength and encouragement for this life. Consequently, a retreat is essential because it involves retreating from ignorance, from the dissatisfied mind of attachment and from the self-cherishing thought. This is the fundamental forces from which one must retreat from. Transforming the mind by cultivating virtue, freeing oneself from suffering and its causes: these are the essential meaning of Dharma practice.
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