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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:

Two New Spring Courses At Vermont Insight in Brattleboro

Standing Up With Wisdom and Compassion: Engaged Buddhist Response on Behalf of the Earth and All Sentient Beings

As Buddhists, holding true to the radical edge of the Buddha’s own life, we have much to offer at this time, particularly when we align with faith communities and activists who seek to inform a response that deescalates our divisive consciousness.” -Thanissara

The text for this course is Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth, by Thanissara, a senior dharma teacher who spent years as a nun and student of the Thai Master Ajahn Chah in Thailand.

Awakening is seen not only as cultivating beneficial mind states, but also involves co-creating an emergent wise and loving responsiveness to the conditions of our world. Thanissara exhorts us to move beyond being “simply traditionalists and good meditators” to create and sustain new forms of beloved community in our meditation sanghas and with others. She asks us to consider what role the Buddhist sangha will have in advocating for a sustainable future and a just society?

“Buddhism is being challenged: what can we who call ourselves Buddhists offer from all our practice, in response to a world in crisis? And what value is all this meditation and mindfulness if we just sit by and let the world burn? …As humane and ethical uprisings increase, sitting on the sideline does not honor the Buddha’s example. Instead there has to be a reconfiguration of how we hold and engage Buddhist practice…. Our awakening journey is no longer a solo, privileged occupation…my invitation is to widen the scope of our Dharma practice to include all beings who are abused and marginalized, within and around us, for the sake of our burning world.”

Wednesday evenings, 6:00 -7:30pm, Neighbors Hall

April 12 – May 3 (4 weeks)

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

 

Skillful Speech for Life’s Challenging Conversations: What Would the Buddha Say?

It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will.”   -The Buddha

From a foundation of loving awareness, this class aims to strengthen our capacity to attune to what is true for us in each moment, and to gain confidence in translating this knowing into skillful, compassionate speech. With the support of the Three Jewels, we can develop trust in our ability to distinguish between speech that leads to happiness and freedom and communication that increases suffering.

Together we will explore the power of assertive nonviolence, a way of communicating that is based in empathy and respect for all beings, and is consistent with our highest aspirations and the teachings of the Buddha. Class time will consist of group silent meditation practice, examining teachings on wise speech, discussions, experiential exercises and practice promoting skillful speech. Between classes dharma talks and readings will be assigned.

“Words of love, tenderness, and kindness are urgently needed in a world saturated by so many unwise and divisive words. The realization of peace in our world, our communities, families, and relationships rests upon each of us learning to speak with wisdom.”     -Christina Feldman

Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30pm, Neighbors Hall

May 17-June 14 (5 weeks)

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

 

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:

April 2nd

May 7th

June 11th–Daylong. Details to follow.

directions to Vermont Insight Sunday sessions and classes

 

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

2017 meeting schedule:  (all Thursday evenings, mostly 2nd and 4th Thursdays)

March  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.
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