BlueLotus wrote:What is mean by solitude in Buddhism?
How important is solitude to practice?
How do you include solitude to your daily life?
it depends, seclusion (viveka) can refer to
bodily seclusion (kayaviveka) where one is removed from society or company.
mental seclusion (cittaviveka) where one is separated from the hindrances.
Or seclusion from the substrates (upadhiviveka) which is enlightenment.
another grouping found in The Path of Discrimination (paṭisambhidāmagga,) the section on solitude (vivekakathā,) which include - by suppression (vikkhambhaṇaviveka;) by displacement (tadaṇgaviveka;) by cutting off (samucchedaviveka;) by calming down (paṭipassaddhiviveka;) and by escape (nissaraṇaviveka.)
although the Visudhimagga (140) has kāyaviveka, cittaviveka, vikkhambhanaviveka, i. e. physically, mentally, ethically;
Solitude is important, being able to spend time to yourself can be a recharge point to be able to deal with others better, or simply time to practice. the Buddha hevily praised seclusion, and although we can not always have physical seclusion developing a mindset which allows us space is beneficial.
I prefer sicence to solitude (in everyday circumstances, work...) but when at home I spend allot of time alone, and when not meditating try to be focused on what I am doing rather than on what is next to do - this is easier said than done when I am having to think what is next all the time for the team and make sure things are ready.
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