Senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and co-founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, Jonathan Foust share weekly talks, guided meditations and inquiries that explore how to cultivate an awakened heart and mind.
Aug. 15, 2017
This talk explores how to work with previously unseen and challenging forces that can arise in your life. You'll learn about your relationship with your shadow, how to recognize when it arises, how to work with it and some thoughts on how to work with the shadow in our culture.
Aug. 8, 2017
This talk explores the 10th of the Ten Perfections: Equanimity. You'll learn about the call to see beyond the weather systems of the mind, the techniques that support seeing more clearly, the glimpses of Equanimity that arise in practice and how to cultivate the possibility for greater equanimity and steadiness in your life.
Aug. 1, 2017
This talk explores the 9th of Ten Perfections: Loving Kindness. You'll learn what happens in the absence of kindness, how to develop and cultivate the heart and what happens when you immerse yourself in the intention to be a 'well-wisher of all.'
June 27, 2017
This talk explores the eighth of the Ten Perfections: Determination and Resolve. You'll learn the importance of having clear goals and developing the grit, endurance and balance to stay the course.
June 20, 2017
This talk explores the 7th of the Ten Perfections: Honesty and Truthfulness. You'll learn about the search for truth, the recognition of truth, how to attune to truth and some guidelines for speaking the truth in difficult situations.
June 13, 2017
This talk explores the sixth of the Ten Perfections: Tolerance and Forbearance. You'll learn about the power of refraining from hurting those who have hurt you, how to cope with the suffering you have to endure, how to develop confidence in the ultimate truth and how to be more aware of the the 'near-enemies' of tolerance.
June 6, 2017
This talk explores the fifth of the Ten Perfections: Energy and Vitality. You'll explore the importance of understanding the limited time and 'life energy units' you have in this life and how to assess and manage your energy in a way that creates a 'virtuous cycle' of well-being.
May 24, 2017
This talk explores the fourth of the Ten Perfections: Wisdom and Insight. You'l learn about qualities of a wise person, what gets in the way of wisdom, how to cultivate greater wisdom and insight in your life and the delicate balance of wisdom and compassion.
May 16, 2017
This talk explores the third of the Ten Perfections: Renunciation. You'll learn the importance of goals and the challenge of distractions, what it means to simplify and live your life aligned with what you most want.
May 9, 2017
This talk explores the second of the Ten Perfections: Virtue and Ethical Conduct. You'll explore the importance of having clear goals in life and using ruthless and honest self-assessment to ensure what you are doing is fully aligned with the outcome you seek.
April 25, 2017
This talk explores the first of the "Ten Perfections," on generosity. You'll learn what the Buddha taught about generosity, how the practice can dramatically impact your consciousness, the key to completing the cycle of generosity and a reflection how you might personally embrace the practice.
April 18, 2017
This talk explores the differences between the practices of willful effort and conscious surrender. You'll learn about skillful and unskillful strategies as well as suggestions as to how you can find your personal point of balance between doing and being.
April 11, 2017
This talk explores how cultivating humility can transform your life and your effectiveness in the world. You’ll learn about the formation of the self, the nature of selflessness, what it’s like to be selfless in your work and relationships and how to find the balance between healthy self-esteem and humility.
March 29, 2017
This talk explores ways you can more mindfully be with physical stress and suffering. You’ll learn about the inevitability of sickness and pain in your life and some fundamental teachings and strategies for being fully present in difficult times.
March 21, 2017
This talk explores the relationship between desire and liberation. You’ll learn how your desires can be informed by fear as well as by compassion, kindness and love and how liberation may simply be the absence of any and all desires.
March 7, 2017
This talk explores some elemental teachings on desire and it’s relationship to addition. You’ll learn how stress is part of the human condition, how you tend to get caught in reactive patterns to stress, the key to finding inner peace and some thoughts about the practices that lead you to greater freedom.
Feb. 28, 2017
This talk explores the reality of change and how you can shift your relationship to what is happening in your life. You’ll learn how change is an essential fact of reality, how you can learn to embrace change and what it means to live in a world that seems to be changing faster and faster.
Feb. 21, 2017
This talk explores how to find freedom in relationship to sickness, old age, death and embracing ‘reality-based’ practices. You’ll learn how deeply investigating these phenomena helps you to savor and celebrate this life and to re-dedicate yourself to live your life fully.
Feb. 14, 2017
This talk explores the transformative power of forgiveness and letting go. You’ll learn about the consequences of not letting go, how to motivate yourself to change, the technology of forgiveness and what it means to cultivate a forgiving heart as a personal practice.
Feb. 7, 2017
This talk explores four insights I had from my annual winter retreat at the Forest Refuge. You’ll learn about how to use inquiry to explore what it is you truly know for certain, how to see more clearly into your conditioning, how to turn directly to that which is between you and feeling free and a way of exploring the nature of ‘self.'