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.

What’s New:

Manny’s Fall Classes at Vermont Insight:

Natural Bravery: Working Wisely with Fear to Discover Fearlessness and Compassionate Courage

There are many reasons, both natural and unnatural, that people experience fear. From our biological wiring, to early trauma and disconnection from our basic goodness, to social, environmental and political ills, fear abounds in the hearts of human beings. Contemplating the nature of fear can help relax our grip and lead us to discover a deeply courageous heart that can protect us and help us thrive in any set of conditions. Popular presentation of the Insight Meditation tradition tends to emphasize gentle or yin qualities like kindness and metta. Courage is related to several of the paramis in our tradition (e.g. determination, energy, patience). It seems vital to attend directly to cultivating qualities like courage and bravery to fully empower our practice and our lives.

In this course we will investigate together how we establish ourselves on four related pathways of freedom: from fear of ourselves to basic fearlessness; from fear of others to fearless compassion; from fear of openness to transcendent fearlessness; and finally from fear of manifesting to fearless action in the world. These pathways illuminate the way toward more confident engagement and courageous leadership in both our inner and worldly lives.

Course Text: Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening, by Gaylon Ferguson

Six Wednesday evenings: 6:00-7:30pm, October 3, 10, 17, 24,(no class Halloween), November 7 and 14

register here: https://vermontinsight.org/dharma-courses/


Skillful Speech Workshop and Practice Group

Along with some teaching about principles and strategies of skillful speech, these inquiries into Wise or Skillful Speech will be structured as practice groups.  New and repeat participants will have the opportunity to gain confidence internalizing the core building blocks of skillful speech—speaking what is true, what promotes harmony, is spoken with care, and is timely and beneficial—in order to apply them to real life situations with family, friends, co-workers, and those with differing viewpoints.
Our practice will be grounded in Assertive Nonviolence, a way of communicating based in empathy and respect for all beings that draws on the Buddha’s instructions on Wise Speech and the nonviolence teachings of Gandhi, King and others, as well as contemporary tools like Nonviolent Communication and Manny’s extensive experience as a couples therapist and group leader. Throughout, we will emphasize the value of sangha in nurturing Wise Speech.

Three Wednesday evenings: 6:00-7:30pm, November 28th, December 5th and 12th

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:

August 19th

September 9th

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd

directions to Vermont Insight Sunday sessions and classes


Insight (Vipassana) Meditation Group
in Bellows Falls led by Manny:

2018 meeting schedule:  (all Thursday evenings, mostly 2nd and 4th Thursdays)

August 16th

September 13th

October 11th and 25th

November 8th and 29th

December 6th (and maybe 20th?)

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.
click for directions

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.



Prayer Flags in AnnapurnasThe 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.
          Attention. Attention.

Manny Mansbach

phone: 802 490 4599 email:satisukha@gmail.com