Jonathan Foust

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