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.
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.'
Jan. 17, 2017
This talk explores the role of the body in the practice of awakening. You’ll learn how awareness of your body helps you to be present, to heal, to access intuition and to see clearly into the nature of reality.
Jan. 10, 2017
This talk explores the importance of having clear intentions. You’ll learn how to navigate four questions that can help you gain greater clarity: What do you really really want? How much do you really really want it? What is your weakest link? What are the systems you need to help you realize your goals?
Jan. 7, 2017
This talk explores four things to remember when deep in practice. You’ll learn about these powerful and inter-related inquiries: What am I feeling right now? How more fully present can I be right now? What am I noticing right now? Can I be with this … right now? This is the first evening's talk from the IMCW New Year’s Retreat.
Dec. 20, 2016
This talk explores what can happen when you actively cultivate compassion for those around you. You'll learn how inner awareness leads to outer awareness, how to train yourself to be aware of others' feelings and unmet needs and ultimately, how to move from compassion to skillful action.
Dec. 13, 2016
This talk explores the power of self-compassion. You'll learn about the two wings of mindfulness, the 'near-enemies' of compassion and what can happen when you take on compassion as a conscious practice.
Dec. 6, 2016
This talk explores happiness as your essential nature. You’ll learn how the intention to be truly happy cultivates clarity, wisdom and the realization of the inter-connectedness of your life.
Nov. 29, 2016
This talk explores three strategies for shifting your relationship with fear. You’ll learn the importance of moving from the ‘story’ the felt-sense of fear, the power of investigating core beliefs and the transformative practice of Tonglen meditation.