Manny Mansbach teaches Insight (Vipassana) Meditation with Vermont Insight Meditation Center in Brattleboro, VT, in Bellows Falls, VT and elsewhere in New England, and offers counseling and consultation for individuals, couples and organizations.
For his entire adult life, Manny has been keenly interested in nurturing and facilitating the connections between transformative inner work such as meditation and therapy, relational practices based in skillful communication, development of wholesome community, and nonviolent social transformation.
Manny’s Spring Classes at Vermont Insight:
The One Who Knows: The Wisdom Teachings of Ajahn Chah
“Within itself the mind is already peaceful. That the mind is not peaceful these days is because it follows moods….Sense impressions come and trick it into unhappiness, suffering, gladness and sorrow. But the mind’s true nature is none of these things. Gladness or sadness is not the mind, but only a mood coming to deceive us. The untrained mind gets lost and follows these things—it forgets itself. Then we think that it is we who are upset, or at ease, or whatever. But really this mind of ours is already unmoving, and peaceful, really peaceful. So we must train the mind to know these sense impressions, and not get lost in them.” –Ajahn Chah
The two main streams that comprise the Insight Meditation tradition as it is currently practiced in the U.S. came from Thailand and what is now known as Myanmar. Ajahn Chah (1918-1992), one of the most respected and influential teachers in the Thai Forest tradition, was teacher to many western monastic and lay teachers alike. Jack Kornfield has spoken over the years about the strengths and awakened qualities of his various Asian teachers, but he consistently ends these talks by paying homage to Ajahn Chah as the wisest. This course is an opportunity to delve into the extraordinary life and teachings of this Master.
Course Text: Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah and online dharma talks
Four Wednesday evenings: 5:30-7pm, May 16, 23, 30, and June 6
register here: https://vermontinsight.org/dharma-courses/
Manny’s Sunday Morning Teaching Schedule at Vermont Insight Meditation Center in Brattleboro:
Each Sunday from 10am-12 Vermont Insight offers meditation and teachings. Here are the upcoming Sundays that Manny will be leading the program:
Insight (Vipassana) Meditation Group
in Bellows Falls led by Manny:
2018 meeting schedule: (all Thursday evenings, mostly 2nd and 4th Thursdays)
May 10th & 24th
June 14th–changing to June 7th, pending confirmation from venue (check back before coming)
All meetings 6:45-8 pm (6:30 for newcomers, beginners and socializing)
Immanuel Episcopal Church Chapel (The Stone Church on the Hill)
20 Church Street, just above downtown Bellows Falls.
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No pre-registration required. An ongoing, open group, consisting of silent meditation, dharma instruction and discussion.
$12 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information or to be added to the email notification list (usually sent out about 2-3 days before each meeting) please contact Manny Mansbach by email or phone: 802-490-4599.
The Zen master Ikkyu was once asked to write a distillation of the highest wisdom. He wrote only one word: Attention.
The visitor was displeased. “Is that all?”
So Ikkyu obliged him. Two words now.