How to Cultivate Wisdom and Insight

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the fourth of the Ten Perfections: Wisdom and Insight. You’ll learn about the 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. Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4    
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700,000+

As I was uploading last week’s talk I noticed the podcast has been dowloaded over 700,000 times. I’m grateful to the technology that helps get these talks out there and to those who listen, comment and offer donations, thank you!   The technology hub:       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube
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How to Let Go of What’s Not Aligned with Your Heart

Special PODCAST: 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. Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel
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How to Align Your Actions with Your Goals

Special PODCAST: 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. Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4       iTunes podcast here,
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The Second of the Ten Perfections

This week I gave a talk on ‘sila,’ the ethical guidelines for practitioners. While most ethical guidelines are variation of “Thou Shalt Not,” I wanted to offer this beautiful re-working of the five precepts from Tech That Han. These are in regard to: 1. Abstaining from killing 2. Abstaining from taking what is not freely
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Greetings from Jonathan Foust: Cultivating a Generous Heart, Fresh Photos… and More

To receive a monthly newsletter, please signup here.   Last fall a pair of eagles decided to make their home nearby on an island on the Potomac River. I got to watch them build their nest, tend their eggs and just the other day, got a first look at their offspring, a healthy, curious and
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Settling in for the Week

We’re settling in for seven days of silence and intensive practice here at Pearlstone Retreat Center. Over 100 participants giving it their all.     A few images on arrival:   All the sessions begin and end with the ringing of bells so participants can relax and follow the flow of the day without watching
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The Dentist

Two images from the dentist yesterday:     The surreal landscape beyond my feet.     Looking up just a bit higher on the wall, why do I always feel so bad about myself?       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.    
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I’m Not Intimidated

Well, maybe a little.       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.    
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How to Cultivate a More Generous Heart

Special PODCAST: 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. Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4      
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The Eaglet Has Landed

First sighting of the eaglet. Out of focus, but there it is!       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.    
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Settling In for the Night

I do regular visits to the eagle’s nest, ether paddling under the sycamore or hiking along the river. I’m struck by the diligence of the parents. One watches carefully, making adjustments in the nest, always present to their safety.     Now that the eaglets are a bit stronger and bigger, sometimes one parent will
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Breath, The Mystery and Science

I’m just back from Kripalu Center and the Energy Intensive – and a wonderful gathering of like-minded folks. One of the features of the retreat is doing some intensive breathwork that can be quite transformative. Participant lie down and do ‘circular breathing,’ with full inhalations and deeply relaxing exhalations. They are supported by a breath
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Making It Happen vs Letting It Happen

Special PODCAST: 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. Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here,
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The Power of Humility

Special PODCAST: 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. Subscribe to Jonathan’s
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