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.
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:
Fall Classes and Practice Groups with Manny at Vermont Insight
for more information and to register go to http://vermontinsight.org/dharma-courses/
Introduction to Insight Meditation
This course is 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.
Monday evenings, 4:45 – 6:15 , The Cherry Room, Solar Hill Mansion
October 2- Nov 6 (six weeks)
Freedom Here and Now
“Now and then it’s good to pause in your pursuit of happiness, and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire
Insight Meditation is primarily taught as a path of gradual progression of insight, and certainly a steady, dedicated, long-term practice points towards a life of clarity and compassion. This class will focus on whether we can we also learn to find confidence in stepping out of delusion and clinging right here and now in the midst of our complex and demanding lives? Instead of making practice another self-improvement project with all the pitfalls that come with such endeavors, we are invited to attune to the “one who knows,” to practice recognizing and releasing from obstacles and history, learning to trust the expansive and liberated heart, connecting with freedom where we stand or sit without conditions, perfection or delay.
The text for the class will be Jack Kornfield’s No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love and Joy Right Where You Are. Audio dharma talks will also be assigned.
Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30pm, Neighbors Hall
October 18-November 15 (5 meetings)
Two Skillful Speech Practice Groups
These inquiries into Skillful Speech will be structured not in a traditional class format, but as practice groups giving participants the opportunity to gain confidence internalizing the core building blocks of skillful speech—speaking what is true, promotes harmony, spoken with care, and is timely and beneficial—in order to apply them directly to our real life situations with family, friends, co-workers, and those with differing viewpoints. We will explore the power of 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. We will emphasize the value of sangha in development of Wise Speech.
Audio dharma talks will be assigned between group meetings.
Participants should have prior study of Wise Speech, or some familiarity with the Buddha’s Wise Speech teachings and permission of the teacher.
“We should never underestimate the power of our speech….Through the words we speak we can change another person’s world in a moment….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 rest upon each of us learning to speak with wisdom.” –Christina Feldman
Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30pm, Neighbors Hall
2 separate groups; sign up for one or both:
Session 1: September 20 – October 11 (4 weeks)
Session 2: November 29 – December 13 (3 weeks)
Insight (Vipassana) Meditation Group
in Bellows Falls led by Manny:
2017 meeting schedule: (all Thursday evenings, mostly 2nd and 4th Thursdays)
September 14th & 28th
October 12th & 26th
November 9th & 30th
December 14th & 21st
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.