Jonathan Foust

A Guiding Teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and co-founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, Jonathan offers ta...
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 ...
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This talk explores the importance of knowing what truly calls you.   You’ll learn how you might refine your sense of what most enlivens you and cultivate the balance of allowing your life to unfold and living your life on purpose.
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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 posit...
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This talk explores how you might meet the inevitability of aging with grace.   You’ll learn how remembering what is true can be a refuge and how you can embrace reality in a way that cultivates ease, grace, wisdom and compassion.
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This talk explores the what can happen when you embrace your greatest challenges.   You’ll learn how even though welcoming an obstacle may clash with your primal instincts for self-preservation, it can not only change your life, but the lives of those around you and open up unexpected possibilit...
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This talk explores how tapping into gratitude and appreciation can change your life.   You’ll learn how you can overcome your innate instinct toward self-centeredness and how you can change your state in a way that will build a greater sense of connectedness, resourcefulness and if nothing else,...
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This talk explores the power of skillful effort and skillful surrender.   You’ll learn how focus, resilience and effort can lead to transformation, how of surrender and release can lead to insight and liberation and how, in the midst of your fully engaged life, you can cultivate balance.
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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 issue...
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This talk explores how a strong sense of faith can dramatically support you in your personal practice and in your life.   You’ll learn how your unique doorway to faith is intimately personal and how you can develop and cultivate “mature faith” built on a dynamic balance of rigorous skepticism  ...
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This talk explores a classic story as to how you can sidestep unnecessary suffering.   You’ll learn how unconsciously you exacerbate the pain that happens in life by adding an unnecessary narrative and ceaseless speculation rather than attending to and addressing the initial wound itself. 
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This talk explores how you can get clarity in times of internal discord.   You’ll learn how clarifying the competing desires inside can provide insight as well as how drawing on both the heart and body can open you to new possibilities in your life. 
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This talk explores the nature of “self” and the transformational teachings on “not self.” You’ll learn how helpful it is to be intimately acquainted the conditioned self, the transcendent experience  of ‘forgetting the self’ and how to cultivate a selfless self in a world of selfish selfs.
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This talk explores how you can embrace embarrassment and self-consciousness as a transformational practice. You’ll learn a fundamental strategy for converting awkwardness into wisdom and suggestions as to how you can live a life committed to increasing your capacity for happiness and freedom. 
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The meditation helps you gather your attention in the here and now, cultivate a sense of who you are as the witness and explore what it means to let go and let it be.  
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This short breath-based meditation will help you gather your attention and cultivate relaxed, open awareness.
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This talk explores how you can see more clearly into qualities of the heart and mind that may feel real but aren’t true. You’ll learn how the states of love, kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity, on examination, can have a shadow and as you get clearer in these distinctions you can dramatica...
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This talk explores how associating with like-minded people can change your life.   You’ll learn how intimacy and relationships are hard-wired into your nervous system, how you may tend to sacrifice something important in order to belong, how you can fully be yourself and at the same time, contri...
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This meditation begins by attuning to who you are as the one who is aware.  You’ll explore a few minutes of concentration on breath, move into deep relaxation, select an anchor and observe what changes.  Toward the end of this meditation you’ll refresh the practice and explore non-doing, non-f...
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This talk explores how the practice  of ‘non-fixing’ can open new possibilities in your life. You’ll learn how life is generally built on a wrong assumption and how, despite your skill in getting things done and getting better and better at fixing what you perceive to be wrong, pausing and expl...
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This talk explores how you can convert anger into wise action. You’ll learn what happens inside when you are angry, the consequences of not addressing this challenging emotion, how to work with anger when it arises and some thoughts as to how to navigate these challenging times without your head...
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