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Jonathan Foust's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
Jonathan Foust
Jonathan Foust is a guiding teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, co-founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute and a senior teacher and former president of Kripalu Center. He has been leading retreats and training teachers for more than 25 years. Jonathan is the creator of the “Year of Living Mindfully” program and teaches regularly in the DC metro area. You can listen to his talks and guided meditations through his podcast or online.
2019-05-05 Meditation: Embodying Gratitude 42:48
This guided heart meditation explores the practice of bringing gratitude and compassion deeply into the felt-sense of your body and systematically offering well-being and best-wishes to others. This meditation is from the 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat.
2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-04 Meditation: Retreat Instructions, Day 1: Arriving in Presence 13:01
In this first morning of a week-long meditation retreat, you’ll be guided through a centering body scan and directed to an anchor of your choosing. You’ll hear occasional reminders to help support your practice of arriving and settling in the here and now. These instructions are from the 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat.
2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-04 Meditation: Retreat Instructions, Day 1: Arriving in Presence 0:00
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In this first morning of a week-long meditation retreat, you’ll be guided through a centering body scan and directed to an anchor of your choosing. You’ll hear occasional reminders to help support your practice of arriving and settling in the here and now. These instructions are from the 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat.
2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-12-30 The Wise Heart’s Response to Suffering (Retreat Talk) 56:46
This talk explores how you can more consciously respond to suffering within and around you. You’ll learn how non-judging awareness awakens not only wisdom but your capacity to sense suffering and respond not just with empathy, but with wisdom and skill. This is the final evening talk of the 2018 IMCW New Year’s Retreat
2018 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2018-12-30 Meditation: Sympathetic Joy and Loving the Body 42:04
After a short introduction on techniques for amplifying wholesome states, you’ll be guided into a meditation reflecting on sympathetic joy - cultivating your capacity to find pleasure in the joy, well-being and success of those around you. You’ll then explore a particular practice including a body scan where you’ll deeply feel the space inside the body and reflect on gratitude, appreciation and well-being. This experience is from the afternoon Guided Heart practice in the IMCW 2018 New Year’s Retreat.
2018 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2018-10-09 Meditation: Amplify the Wholesome and Open Focus with Loving Kindness 38:41
In this guided heart meditation from the fall IMCW retreat, you’ll explore two separate practices: 1. Investigating ‘wholesome states’ when they arise can be a powerful way to increase your capacity for kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. You’ll be guided into the ‘felt sense’ of a positive state to explore particular qualities that can deepen its presence and significance for you. 2. In the second experience, you’ll be guided into feeling or imagining space in and around the body infused with a quality of loving kindness. (Note: If you feel spacey, ungrounded or the experience feels like it’s ‘too much,’ open your eyes or move to another technique.)
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-10-08 Intimately Embodied and Seeing Clearly 57:01
This talk explores how the more intimately you are aware of your experience in your body right now, the more clearly you can see into the nature of realty. You’ll learn why in this practice your body is your ‘home base,’ how your ‘issues are in your tissues,’ how to work with challenging issues when they arise and how awareness of your body can reveal insights into three essential characteristics of reality.
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-10-08 Meditation: Awareness of Thoughts (morning instructions and meditation) 41:56
In these morning instructions from the third day of the IMCW Fall Retreat, you’ll practice arriving fully and intimately in the senses and notice the quality and movement of thoughts, reinforcing a sense of who you are as the one who is aware.
2018 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-05-02 Try Not to Be Aware (Retreat Talk) 57:38
This talk explores the transformational power of awareness. You’ll learn what happens when you bring awareness to the body and to the formation of thoughts and beliefs, what happens when you suspend effort yet remain aware and some key practices that help you cultivate the practice of being aware of awareness itself.
2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-04-30 The Body is the Doorway (Retreat Talk) 58:40
This talk explores why intimate awareness of your body is a portal into seeing clearly into the nature of reality. You’ll learn how to fully arrive in the Here and Now through conscious relaxation and receiving sensations as they arrive, how to work with challenges as they arise and what you may discover when you embrace this practice. This talk is from the 2018 IMCW Spring Retreat.
2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

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