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48 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
Let Go Now (Retreat Talk)
This talk, from the Fall 2011 IMCW vipassana retreat, explores the art of letting go. You’ll learn about the art of renunciation with practical examples, suggestions and teachings through the ages.
45 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Given You are Not Dead Yet, What are You Working Toward?
This talk explores new possibilities that can arise with mindful intention. You’ll learn about the potency of ‘getting real’ with your life, assessing what’s truly working and what is not. When you can do this and embrace the reality of impermanence, you can tap into a greater sense of aliveness and passion. You can find Jonathan’s 2021 Annual Review at: https://www.jonathanfoust.com/weekly-talk?category=writings
46 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Refining the Five Elements of Your Meditation Practice
This talk explores tips and best practices for the five elements of your meditation practice. You’ll learn how to use the elements of relaxation, concentration, mindfulness, investigation and surrender in ways that can bring you balance and ultimately help you let go in to new states of awareness.
43 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
My Thoughts on Karma
This talk explores how to skillfully navigate the law of cause and affect. You’ll learn about the power of remembering impermanence, the power of remembering karma, how to skillfully reflect on your intentions and actions and what it means to be free from karma.
45 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Technology and Awakening
This talk explores some of the ways technology can help you be more mindful and more awake in your life. You’ll learn how technology helped bring mindfulness to the west, how technology can rot your brain and how you can match technology with your intention to deepen your practice and see more clearly into the nature of reality. Here are some of the elements I mentioned: Oura Ring [ https://ouraring.com ] [https://ouraring.com] Insight Timer [https://insighttimer.com] Brainwave App [https://www.appannie.com/en/apps/ios/app/307219387/] Focus@will [https://www.appannie.com/en/apps/ios/app/307219387/] Headspace [https://www.headspace.com] Calm [https://www.calm.com] Ten Percent Happier [https://www.tenpercent.com] Buddhify [https://buddhify.com] Muse [https://choosemuse.com] Zendo [https://zendomeditation.com]
43 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
How Gratitude Changes Your State
This talk explores the transformative power of gratitude and appreciation. You’ll learn about the nature of the selfish self, how gratitude can expand your capacity to work with challenges and point you toward the nature of reality itself.
44 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Surrender is a Doorway to Awakening
This talk explores what it means to surrender in your practice and in your life. You’ll learn about the skillful use of willful practice as well as the transformational aspects of consciously surrendering to presence, to your path and to reality itself.
48 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Conversations with Depth Practitioners: Following the Path of “The Mind Illuminated,” with Tracy Budd
This talk explores Tracy’s experiences following the guidance outlined in “The Mind Illuminated,” by John Yates and working with his teacher, Oded Raz. You’ll learn about the challenges Tracy experienced in this dedicated undertaking, his perspective on small and big insights and how the heart awakens through seeing ever-more clearly in the nature of reality. Disclaimer: For most, intensive practices require a retreat setting and guidance from a teacher. Please ensure you have support in any depth practice you feel called to. Reference: The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness, by John Yates Tracy’s teacher is Oded Raz, and his website is: https://www.muar.org.il/t-en
55 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Letting Go, Letting Be and Surrendering to Presence (Retreat Talk)
This talk is from the fifth day of 2021 Fall IMCW Vipassana Retreat. You’ll learn how meditation increases your sensitivity to how you hold on, how the intention to let go can set in motion a process that brings you in direct contact with the mystery — and how letting go and letting be are required to wake up to the nature of reality.
62 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
The Call to Practice and Taking Refuge in the Body: Retreat Talk
This is the first night’s dharma talk from the 2021 New Year’s Retreat. You’ll learn of the call to practice, the challenges that can arise when you are drawn to explore the nature of reality, how your body can be your greatest refuge in your adventures and some suggestions as to how to best navigate the journey toward greater freedom.
45 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Belonging and Not Belonging
This talk explores how you got cut off from your true nature - and how to reconnect. You’ll learn about the essential ‘mistake’ you made, the consequences of investing time and attention into not belonging and how turning to the most essential fear y0u carry inside, you can find your way again to belonging.
45 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Conversations with Depth Practitioners: Chasing Enlightenment with Peter Mellen
This interview with Peter Mellen explores the theme of pursuing awakening. Peter is a film-maker and author of numerous books, among them Ultimate Happiness: Chasing It. Finding It. Living It. He and I shared many years in the ashram and explore the idea of self-improvement as a path as well as the path of eliminating the self. The Path of Love: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNMcKu4i7Hg] Ultimate Happiness: Chasing It. Finding It. Living It. [https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Happiness-Memoir-Peter-Mellen/dp/1461099226] The Group of Seven: [https://www.amazon.com/Group-Seven-Peter-Mellen/dp/0771058152/ref=sr\_1\_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+group+of+seven+peter+mellen&qid=1631288893&s=books&sr=1-1]
44 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Christ and Buddha Walk Into a Bar ...
This talk explores similarities in the teachings of Christ and Buddha. You’ll learn about the principle of ‘Sanatan Dharma,” or Eternal Truth, parallel teachings on inner guidance, guidance for relationships and how to be awake in the world.
26 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
Meditation: Letting Go and Letting Be (26’)
After settling and arriving through gentle movement you’ll be guided through a progressive body scan, explore softening, relaxing and letting go inside. Moving your attention to an anchor of your choosing, you’ll sense what it means to let go of thoughts and moods and return to the here and now. As the meditation progresses, you’ll deepen your inquiry into letting go by releasing all practices of ‘doing’ and investigate what it feels like to ‘be’ and rest in presence.
45 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
How to Let Go
This talk explores the power of letting go. You’ll learn what the classic teachings say about letting go, how to incline your mind toward letting go, the sanctuary of selflessness and remembering how you can’t take anything with you at the end. The Five Daily Reflections 1 - I am of the nature to grow old; there is no way to escape growing old. 2 - I am of the nature to have ill health; there is no way to escape having ill health. 3 - I am of the nature to die; there is no way to escape death. 4 -All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them. 5- My actions are my closest companions. I am the beneficiary of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.
43 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Your Wounds Can be Your Gifts to the World
This topic explores how your wounds can become super powers. You’ll learn how turning toward your wounds can awaken wisdom and compassion, how seeing the wounds in others can you open to intimacy and how wounds are embraced as integral in spiritual awakening.￼
52 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Conversations with Depth Practitioners: Intensive Home Practice with Tracy Budd
Is it possible to do the intensive practices one might only do in a retreat setting — at home? This interview explores the journey of one such practitioner who elected to cultivate a focused, disciplined meditation practice in a home setting and his journey to and through challenges and early childhood trauma. You’ll hear some inspiring stories of what is possible when you deepen your practice. Disclaimer: For most, intensive practices require a retreat setting and guidance from a teacher. Please ensure you have support in any depth practice you feel called to. Reference: The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness, by John Yates Tracy’s teacher is Oded Raz, and his website is: https://www.muar.org.il/t-en
45 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
How Your Heart Can Hold Anything
This talk explores how to cultivate both wisdom and compassion. You’ll learn how suffering is both internal and external, the keys to the release of suffering and how to foster your intention to be awake in the midst of turbulent times.
44 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Your True Nature is Already Here
This talk explores the nature of ‘true nature.’ You’ll learn more about the nature of ‘true nature,’ what gets in the way of experiencing this primal quality of being and some doorways of practice that can bring you into an intimate, embodied sense of presence.
44 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
The Balance of Resilience and Surrender
This talk explores how to find the equilibrium between skillful action and skillful release. You’ll learn how much of meditation practice (and life) calls for focus and sustained attention. But too tight a grip on focus can lead to missed opportunities, fresh insights and new possibilities. Learning to rest in presence can open intuitive faculties - when properly balanced.
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