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.)

October 8, 2009

What Christians Can Learn From Buddhists About Suffering

Filed under: Cool Things, Dharma — jonathanfoust @ 10:46 am

I did a two and a half year Community Dharma Leadership Training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Califorina a number of years ago and one of the best things that happened to me was making a friend of Gordon Peerman.

blessed relief full cover

As an Episcopal priest he has served  for many years within the framework on the church and as a psychotherapist, consultant, deep practitioner and teacher who encourages mindfulness practices, he is a true ‘dharma bum.’  He writes with clarity, selflessness and wonderful humor.

He has a very-well received book out called Blessed Relief:  What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists About Suffering.  I had the opportunity to read this in one of it’s first drafts and feel this book is a contribution that over the years will just keep on giving.

You can read more about it here.

September 27, 2009

Inspired for a Reason

Filed under: Cool Things, Happy for No Reason, Observations — jonathanfoust @ 10:50 am

This is an amazingly creative and touching post on the New York Times blog about the city, volunteering and positive vibes.  Delightful.

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

(Thanks, Judith.)

August 21, 2009

Sand Painting at a New Level

Filed under: Cool Things, Video — jonathanfoust @ 6:31 pm

Meditation in motion.

(Thanks, George!)

June 7, 2009

Happy for No Reason: Head-Banging Parrot

Filed under: Cool Things, Humor, Video — jonathanfoust @ 3:56 pm

You may recall that occasionally I post videos that are in the vein of Tsoknyi Rimpoche’s challenge to ‘be happy for no reason.’   The following is a wonderful example.

Some great moves here.

June 4, 2009

Today is Under Construction

Filed under: Cool Things, Humor, Observations, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 7:35 am

Ain't that the Truth.

Thank you, Kyra.

June 2, 2009

Love and Compassion

Filed under: Cool Things, Nature, Video — jonathanfoust @ 9:34 am

I challenge you not to feel some wonder at these displays of  inter-species caring …

Thanks again to Saraswati.

Sand Painting on a Different Scale

Filed under: Cool Things, Video — jonathanfoust @ 9:30 am

This format is new to me.  Meditation in motion.

Thank you, Saraswati.

May 31, 2009

Art for Art’s Sake

Filed under: Cool Things, Observations, Video — jonathanfoust @ 12:50 pm

Western-style Sand Painting:

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