Lhug-Pa wrote:I would guess that for the Outer and/or Inner Rushens specifically, not missing a single day until it is finished would be very important; and, even though missing a day would not necessarily eradicate all benefit accumulated up until that point, it would still most likely be best to start the Outer and/or Inner Rushen over if one misses a day, in order to make sure that it is done correctly. And if one thinks that it is likely that a day could get missed, then maybe it's better to wait until one can go on an actual away-from-home retreat (unless one doesn't mind starting over everytime a day is missed).... Just me speculating.
Bro, all of this what you're saying is just mental masturbation, too much focusing on numbers which are pretty much irrelevant. You do Rushen until you get a result, the same way with any practice. If a requirement is to do 100 000 of something and you do it but don't have any signs that means you have to do more (or that you're doing something wrong). It doesn't mean you're finished just because you completed some requirement someone else gave.
Now there are requirements in SMS so if you want to follow that program then you need to observe the numbers. Because that's part of how going to the next level is gauged. But even if you complete all the requirements there, if there are no signs you should do more. Otherwise you'll just be fooling yourself with some faulty idea of completion.
So stop obsessing about how much you should do of something and where and when and just start doing it. If you have the opportunity to do it one day or two and then not the next day or two, so what? It's much better than putting it off to some future personal retreat that may never come.