It sounds like we view this very differently. On my end it may have to do with the situation I have here, constantly interacting with others. Seclusion is just not an easy option, so I gravitate especially toward Dhamma teachings that can be applied in the world with mostly nonBuddhists or non practicing Buddhists who I engage throughout the day. I don't view this as "solo" activity, but see it as an opportunity to break down beliefs about self/other, to experience the truth of anatta
in that way. Such an approach seems highly conducive to the cultivation of certain Dhamma factors (such as compassion, metta and mudita) but is not as helpful for others (meditation, concentration). I'd probably benefit greatly from a bit more solo time and seclusion, more study and sitting. Finding/creating balance seems to be key. Thanks for sharing your perspective.
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009