Manny Mansbach teaches Insight (Vipassana) Meditation 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.
New Classes with Manny in Brattleboro:
The Three Trainings: Integrity, Tranquility, Insight, (Sila, Samadhi, Panna)
Wednesday evenings, 6:15-7:45, Dec 4th, Dec. 11th and Dec 18th. We will use selected chapters from Ajahn Chah’s book, Food For The Heart.
Suppose you have a pond of water that is filled with weeds. Living with integrity is like going down to the water and pushing the weeds aside to take a drink. The weeds are still present, and when you take your hand away, once again they come back and cover the pond. In moments of moral behavior the mind is pure, but as soon as we are forgetful, ignorance returns.
If you build a fence in the pond that keeps all the weeds on the outside, the water within remains clear to drink for as long as the fence is there. But the weeds are still there on the outside and if the fence is removed the weeds come back. That’s like the force of tranquility in the mind. It suppresses our basic misunderstandings.
Insight or wisdom is like going down to the pond and pulling out the weeds: you pull one out and then another until the whole pond is clear. The path is a purification process where we encounter and transform the weeds/ignorance. This class will engage with the importance of all three of these aspects of a liberating awareness practice.
Unshakeable Tenderness: Warming the Heart with The Four Divine Abodes
A class on the Brahma-Viharas (metta, karuna, mudita, upekkha/boundless friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity) meeting on Mondays from 10:30am-12:00 noon, Jan 6th, 13, 27th, and February 3rd, 10th, and 24th. (We will not meet on MLK Day or Presidents Day.)
Five Recollections and Five Invitations: Exploring Vulnerability, Letting Go, Spiritual Urgency, and Living Fully
Wed eves from 6:15-7:45pm, Feb 19th through March 25th. This course will use Frank Ostaseski’s rich book The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.
For more info or to register, please email Manny: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Saturday Morning Sangha in Brattleboro with Manny!
You are invited to join the monthly downtown Brattleboro Saturday Morning Sangha from 9:45-11:30. This is an ongoing space for people to come together in a dharma context where we can consciously explore the intersection of awareness practice and living skillfully in our challenging world. Join other sincere practitioners to co-create a rich tapestry of dharma and skillful integrative practice in a beautiful space near the Connecticut River!
The format is an evolving blend of sitting practice, mindful movement, dharma talks and discussion, and chanting. Each season we will contemplate a theme that will be carried over a few months, giving time for people to apply the teachings to their home practice and deepen the learning.
No pre-registration or commitment to ongoing attendance is required. There is a suggested donation range of $12-20, according to your own means and inclination of heart. All are welcome regardless of capacity to contribute financially.
Where? The Saturday Sangha will be held from 9:45-11:30am in Room #613 in the Hooker-Dunham building in downtown Brattleboro. Enter the Hooker-Dunham Building by walking down the alley between Renaissance Fine Jewelry on your left and Gallery in the Woods on the right. The door to enter the building is on the right at street level. Once inside, go up the flight of stairs that begins just to your left and then turn left at the top of the stairs. Room #613 will be right there. Because of the new carpet, there is no eating in the room, and only closed water bottles are permitted. Chairs and cushions are available.
The dates are as follows:
Nov. 23rd Dec 7th Jan. 25
Feel free to email me if you have questions…or if you would like to be added to the email list for Brattleboro teachings.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday mornings!
Insight (Vipassana) Meditation Group
in Bellows Falls led by Manny:
2019 meeting schedule: (all Thursday evenings)
November 21st, December 5th & 19th
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. All are welcome regardless of capacity to contribute financially.
For more information or to be added to the email notification list 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.