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.
Upcoming Class at Vermont Insight in Brattleboro:
Dancing With the Four Noble Truths:
Understanding and Mastering the Essential Tasks of the Path
Many students of meditation are broadly familiar with the Four Noble Truths that the Buddha discovered and articulated: the truth of suffering, craving as the cause of that suffering, the possibility of a peaceful mind, and the Eightfold Path or the program for ending suffering. This class will provide teachings and an atmosphere of shared exploration to facilitate the deepening of practice with these Four Truths that lead to freedom.
Walking the path that the Buddha elucidated for us involves shifts of a few different kinds: developing cognitive insight into the nature of things, arriving at a somatic or felt sense of the truth of things, and knowing the implications for skillful living that these understandings point to. Along these lines, we will delve into three insights associated with each ennobling Truth: reflecting on each Truth, practicing directly experiencing it, and turning to our lives empowered by knowing how to live more wisely. Engaging wholeheartedly with these tasks, we can more easily and gracefully “dance” with the inevitable challenges of being human, and live with greater wisdom, compassion.
Phillip Moffitt’s very helpful book Dancing With Life will be the core text. Study guides are also available from the author.
Taught by: Manny Mansbach
Wednesday evenings 6-7:30pm, Neighbors’ Hall
January 11 – March 15; snow date March 22 (10 weeks)
register here: http://vermontinsight.org/programs/courses.html
Half-Day Retreat with Manny on Saturday January 28, 9:30am-12:30pm, at Valley Insight (Norwich VT, Lebanon NH area)
The Five Spiritual Powers
The Five Spiritual Powers or Faculties—Confidence, Persistent Effort, Mindfulness, Concentration and Wise Discernment–are qualities that all of us have to some degree, and are skills that we develop further on the Buddha’s Ennobling Eightfold Path. The Buddha recognized these five universal human capacities and encourages us to use them to reduce suffering by developing the crafts of meditation and skillful living.
In this half-day retreat we will investigate how these five qualities work together to support a movement toward freedom. When we begin to develop some conviction that the dharma offers worthwhile gifts, we become motivated to make more diligent and steady effort, which then helps us be more present for what is happening. As attention stabilizes, the mind becomes more stable and composed. A mind that’s confident, engaged, mindful, and focused can develop the fifth faculty of discernment. Discernment is what helps us determine which movements of the mind and heart are skillful and worthy of being trusted and acted upon, and which thoughts and feelings are unskillful, and should be restrained and abandoned. Discernment is also known as the unfolding of wisdom, and is the difference between a life caught in cycles of suffering and one pointed towards happiness and freedom.
St. Barnabas Church Parish Hall, 262 Main Street, Norwich, VT 05055 (adjacent to Marion Cross Elementary School; gray church with red door). The Parish Hall is behind and attached to the church sanctuary. The church is 0.3 miles from the corner of I 91 South entrance and Rte 5. There is plenty of free parking.
There is a $15 registration fee to cover expenses and there will be an opportunity to offer dana to support Manny’s teachings. To register, please send an email to ValleyInsightRetreat@gmail.com AND mail your $15 check made out to VIMS to: Retreat Registrar, Valley Insight Meditation Society, PO Box 634, Lebanon, NH 03766. When you register via email, please let the registrar know if the registration fee hampers your ability to attend. Our intention is for everyone to feel welcome attending this special retreat.
Manny’s Sunday Morning Teaching Schedule at Vermont Insight 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:
January 1st (New Years Morning)
Insight (Vipassana) Meditation Group
in Bellows Falls
led by Manny:
2016-17 meeting schedule: (all Thursday evenings, mostly 2nd and 4th Thursdays)
January 12th and 26th
February 9th and 23rd
March 9th and 23rd
April 13th and 27th
May 4th (note 1st Thurs) and 25th
June 8th and 15th (note 3rd Thurs.)
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.