Ask Abhi–Dhamma

Dear Abhi-dhamma: Desire and Unhappiness

2017-01-08T17:31:02+00:00

When it comes to generosity it seems there’s always an internal battle going on in my mind. Why do I offer to do things? How much should I give? What are my real intentions? I can honestly say that I have never really been at peace with my relationship to gift. There are a great deal of entanglements here for me.

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: Does Meditation Enhance Creativity?

2017-01-08T17:33:22+00:00

When it comes to generosity it seems there’s always an internal battle going on in my mind. Why do I offer to do things? How much should I give? What are my real intentions? I can honestly say that I have never really been at peace with my relationship to gift. There are a great deal of entanglements here for me.

Dear Abhi–Dhamma: Where Do My Needs Fit?

2017-01-09T00:36:34+00:00

Dear Abhi–dhamma: Where do my needs fit into a relationship? How to understand if I'm feeling - reacting to a story in my mind vs the energy/tone from someone else? If the other person in a relationship asserts her intentions are good and kind, is it still possible some other tonality is coming through? How do I know when I'm asking for something unreasonable or not? Am I meant to not ask for anything?

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: Working with a Tight Jaw

2017-01-09T08:12:26+00:00

Dear Abhi, What Advice can you give me about having a tight jaw when meditationg. I have tried to place my tongue behind the bottom teeth, but this does not have a strong effect. Are there other ways to release the jaw when sitting?

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: Choice vs Selfishness

2017-01-09T08:13:45+00:00

Dear Abhi-dhamma, One of the big questions for me in my practice has been how to balance and discriminate between the contingent feelings and emotions rooted in ego and self and those things that, upon examination, appear on the surface to be selfish, but taken in a purely objective view (e.g. outside of the perspective of practice) have the potential to simply be seen as personal choice.

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: How to Practice far from Sangha

2017-01-09T08:14:59+00:00

Dear Abhi-dhamma, I have practiced meditation on and off for years. It is so frustrating when I stop, to get restarted in a daily practice. I was in a Sangha, and moved from the area, and very far to return. I am sure others have this struggle. Thank you for your assistance.

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: The Long Game of Practice

2017-01-09T10:36:13+00:00

Dear Abhi-dhamma, I have been practicing meditation and studying the Dharma regularly for the last 5 years. I made a lot of very quick progress in my practice as I've tried to be dedicated and have been told by teachers I have a very high level of natural samadhi (concentration) which has helped some insights to arise.