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.
Aug 28th Cultivating the Five Spiritual Powers:
A Half-Day Retreat with Manny at Vermont Insight in Brattleboro, 10am-1pm
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 taught us how to use them to develop the craft of meditation and skillful living—empowering us to engage with our suffering in such a way as to be freed from it.
In this half-day retreat we will investigate how these five faculties or 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 is 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 a chain of suffering and a life pointed towards happiness and freedom a life pointed towards happiness and freedom.
for more info and to register: http://vermontinsight.org/programs/retreats.html
Classes at Vermont Insight
Introduction to Insight Meditation
A course for those who are new to meditation or who would like to begin again, Insight meditation leads to clear seeing into the nature of our hearts and minds, revealing an inherent clarity, openness, and ease. Course sessions include meditation instructions, discussions, and weekly assignments. Participants learn how to establish a daily meditation practice as well as how to maintain compassionate and mindful living, studied within the context of a supportive group. The core text is Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg. Please be sure to purchase the hard copy because there are CD’s included with guided meditations.
Taught by: Manny Mansbach
Mondays evenings: 6:00 – 7:30pm
September 26-November 7 (no class October 10)
167 Main Street, Brattleboro, Suite 306
Course Fee: $135 (includes registration and teacher support)
Please note: In order to make these classes viable, registrants are expected to commit to attend and pay for the entire course. If possible, please pay the course fee online when registering. If paying the entire fee in advance is prohibitive, it is possible to pay in three installments.
Mingling Our Minds with the Dharma:
Practicing Wise Intention
Wise Intention is the energy that drives spiritual practice. Two kinds of intention are 1) the longing to be free, and 2) the secondary intention arises when the egoic mind tries to convince us that real satisfaction can come from fulfilling our desires and accumulating experiences. As the self-defeating nature of this way of living (Wise View) is seen, Wise Intention shepherds the heart to reinvest vital energy toward the basic longing for freedom.
Practicing the moment-to-moment cultivation of the three primary wise intentions of lovingkindness, compassion and letting go of that which takes us away from liberation, we can develop wise attention and other forerunners of wise action and happiness. We invite the conditions for opening to the way things are and transforming our heart and mind. Together, class participants will practice nurturing the willingness to put down diversions and shift from occasional, intermittent attentiveness to a more sustained attention from which wisdom and contentment blossom in our lives.
This class will use selected dharma talks and readings rather than using a primary text.
Taught by Manny Mansbach
Wednesday evenings 6-7:30 pm, Neighbors Hall
September 14-November 9, (no class Oct. 12)
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:
Insight (Vipassana) Meditation Group
in Bellows Falls
led by Manny:
2016 meeting schedule: (all Thursday evenings)
September 8th and 22nd
October 13th and 27th
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 (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.