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.
Finding Ease and Freedom “In-Between”
A Class on Living Well Beyond our Comfort Zones
in downtown Brattleboro
We humans tend to seek certain kinds of pseudo-refuge in the familiar, in roles and identities that allow us to land in places that are known, seemingly safe and secure. There’s nothing at all wrong with returning to safe harbors, but when we have difficulty finding ease in the gaps between our comfort zones there can be wide swaths of life that become stressful or overwhelming. Depending on how we relate to these “in-between” places, we may be mildly, moderately or severely vexed. Finding ease and freedom in these “in-between” places can be some of the most difficult and important work of our practice. This class will offer some support and guidance for how we can “mind the gap”, struggle less and even thrive when we are asked by life to swim in deeper water than we like or are accustomed to.
Course “Text”: In Love With The World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Please note: this class is for people with an established, ongoing dharma practice.
The class will meet 6 Wednesday eves from 6:15-7:45 beginning Sept 18th and ending October 30th (no class October 16th) in the Hooker-Dunham Building in downtown Brattleboro. The suggested donation for the course is $120-150.
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. (If you would like to sponsor someone who is short on funds, please let me know.)
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:
Sept. 21st Oct. 26th Nov. 23rd Dec 7th
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)
September 5th & 19th, October 10th & 24th, November 7th & 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.
click for directions
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.