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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.
2015-04-22 Effortless Awareness 60:33
This talk explores what can happen when you turn your attention to rest in awareness itself. You’ll learn about the practices that help you arrive in the here and now, how to set optimal conditions for your practice, techniques for turning your attention to awareness itself and how awakened awareness cultivates an awakened heart.
2015 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2015-04-22 Meditation: Space and Effortlessness 28:31
This meditation guides you into an inquiry into the internal and external perception of space. Based on the principles of Open Focus, the technique uses questions to cultivate a sense of effortless attention.
2015 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2015-04-19 Seeing Clearly Through the Body 58:16
This talk explores how body-centered awareness reveals your true nature. You’ll learn how sensing through the lens of the body cultivates present-moment awareness and is a portal to see into the nature of change, the nature of suffering and into the nature of the self.
2015 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-12-29 Unleashing Your Inner Golden Retriever 51:33
This talk explores the transformative power of compassion and kindness. You’ll learn how how to cultivate authentic friendliness in your meditation practice, how to distinguish between pain and suffering and how to heal the judging mind though the practice of forgiveness.
2014 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2014-10-27 The Three Characteristics of Reality 63:50
This talk explores how you can sensitize yourself to more quickly to recognize the Three Characteristics of Reality and transform your relationship to stress and suffering. You'll learn how these elemental qualities of existence pervade every moment and how, by seeing clearly into impermanence, your relationship to impermanence and how impermanence infuses your sense of self, you can hold your relationship to each moment with wisdom and compassion. This talk is from the Fall 2014 Retreat with fellow teachers Anam Thubten, Tara Brach and Pat Coffey
2014 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-05-08 Evening Poem: The Mystery - and flute 11:00
2014 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-05-08 Three Characteristics of an Awakened Being 59:37
What does it mean to be awake? A number of qualities arise when greed, hatred and ignorance fall away. In both your inward practice and in the world of relationships you can consciously cultivate these characteristic and enjoy aliveness within and around you.
2014 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2013-12-30 On Doing and Being 59:18
As you develop as a contemplative artist, cultivating the ‘middle way’ includes disciplines that require attention and focus as well as practices that call for relaxation and letting go. This talk explores strategies that can help you cultivate that ephemeral internal experience that is ‘not too tight and not too loose.’
2013 IMCW New Year's Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2013-10-22 Keys to Unlock the Infinite Heart 57:45
Wisdom tells you you’ve got to let go of everything. Compassion is the lubrication that helps you do it. What are the keys to accessing open awareness and an open heart? This talk dives in with some stories and guided reflections.
2013 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2013-10-20 The Questions That Lead to Freedom 63:56
Transformation comes when you can actively and intimately turn your attention to what is arising. Asking the right questions can help guide you to what is not quite felt and seen. This talk explores fundamental inquiries that open new possibilities, no matter what your inner experience.
2013 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

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