Jonathan Foust

January 9, 2011

A Song for All Beings

Filed under: Video — jonathanfoust @ 11:48 pm



(Thanks, Dorothy.)



January 9, 2010

The River in Winter

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 4:26 pm

A few shots from early morning ramblings to the river:

The last snowfall left about two inches of powder on everything so the first soft breezes carried the flakes into space.

I love smell of gooseprints in the morning.

I love the smell of gooseprints in the morning.

Geese among the ice flows.

Geese in the ice flows.

This Canada goose and Coots share the limited open water.

This Canada Goose and Coots share the remaining open water.

December 27, 2009

The New Year’s Retreat

Filed under: Dharma, Meditation, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 12:36 pm

Digging out from the blizzard of '09.

Today we pack up and head out to the New Year’s Retreat.  This year we’ll have 120 people, our largest group yet.  I suspect we’ll have both sides of the coin.  A large group builds a lot of energy as we practice for five days in silence together.  We’ll also probably be treated to an unprecedented symphony of sniffs, coughs and sneezes.

I’m looking forward to the week, which will be paradoxically quite busy for me.  I’ll be leading mindful movement sessions twice a day, facilitating group interviews, private interviews, leading some sits and giving a talk on “Impermanence and The Body.”

Enjoy your week.  Happy holidays!

November 13, 2009

New Undergrad Course at George Mason

Filed under: Cool Things, Dharma — jonathanfoust @ 12:24 pm

For those of you local to DC and Arlington in particular, you might enjoy checking out this new undergrad course at George Mason’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation.

The course is called Consciousness, Meaning and Life Purpose.


(Thanks, Jill.)

The Charter for Compassion

Filed under: Cool Things, Dharma — jonathanfoust @ 11:40 am

A number of folks have alerted me to the Charter for Compassion, which a very cool international focus on celebrating acts of kindness.  I’m just getting into it, but it has some wonderful elements you might find inspiring.


(Thanks, Christa and Sylvia.)

November 11, 2009


Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 9:24 am

Just as the sun peeps over the horizon, the light bounces off the water and hits the Paw Paw trees.  Details and colors from the decaying leaves jump out. Here are a few ‘leaf portraits.’

The equipment has a lot to do with the detail and color saturation.  For the geeks, these are shot with a Canon T1i with a 70-200mm 1:2.8L series lens and a 1.4x teleplus pro extender, the latter a new addition with thanks and gratitude to Kevin McDonough, my photography benefactor and dharma buddy.

fall leaves1

fall leaves2

fall leaves3

November 10, 2009

We Could All Use a Little Validation

Filed under: Video — jonathanfoust @ 9:13 pm

Best narrative short from the Cleveland International Film Festival.


(Thank, Ellen!)

Buddha’s Brain

Filed under: Dharma — jonathanfoust @ 8:48 pm

I’ve just started Rick Hanson’s book, Buddha’s Brain:  The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom.

The book is about effective, research driven ways to light up the circuits in your brain that will bring you more joy, fulfilling relationships and inner peace.

I did the Community Dharma Leadership training at Spirit Rock with Rick and am impressed with his  training as well as his sincere desire to get the word out on the fantastic research demonstrating how meditation impacts so many aspects of our lives.

As Rick writes in the book, “If you can change your brain, you can change your life.”

More on the book here.

Buddha' Brain



October 30, 2009

Happy for No Reason: Young Elk at Play

Filed under: Happy for No Reason, Video — jonathanfoust @ 6:07 pm

How cool.

(Thanks, Bob!)

Back from Retreat

Filed under: Photography — jonathanfoust @ 6:04 pm
The gardens at Seven Oaks.

The productive gardens at Seven Oaks retreat center.

I’m just back from the IMCW week-long retreat at Seven Oaks.  Seven days of silent practice.  I’m a bit bleary, but inspired.  I was up at 5:45 to lead morning yoga and each day I was fully engaged.  Mornings were filled with back to back interviews and I did a dharma talk, led a metta meditation and afternoon yoga. I’d fall into bed each night pretty spent.

I’ll have links to the talks and possibly a number of my movement classes available in the near future.

We had 67 yogis for the weekend and 43 who stayed on for the whole week.  It takes a special kind of maniac to sit for a week of silent practice.  I have to say this was an inspiring collection of maniacs.

We had over 30 people turned away for this retreat so if you’re interested in the five-day New Year’s Retreat coming up at the end of December, you might want to register now.  We’ll have a repeat gathering of the teachers:  Tara Brach, Pat Coffey, Hugh Byrne and myself.

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