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.
What a time it is! I hope you are caring for yourself and your loved ones to the best of your ability, and that your meditation practice is helping you to stay loving, balanced and clear in these very challenging times. What I have been saying for years now as the world has gotten more unpredictable and uncertain is that this is what we are training for, this ability to stay sane, upright and kind in the face of very formidable challenges. I’m wishing you well, and know you can do this!
What’s Happening? When?
Summer Class beginning soon! Stability and Tranquility: Cultivating A Mind That Rests Peacefully in the Present Moment
Four Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm, July 22-Aug 12
“Try to be mindful and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see the many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha.” –Ajahn Chah, A Still Forest Pool
The Buddha’s Eightfold Path is often broken down into three sections: Sila (integrity or ethics), Samadhi (collectedness or unification of mind), and Panna (wisdom/insight). This class focuses on the Samadhi group, which includes Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness, and Wise Concentration.
Skillful Samadhi, often thought of as concentration, can include a number of different qualities of mind with some key common benefits: a collected, settled, composed mind; a mind free from obstacles and impurities; a steady, undistracted mind; a bright, clear, perceptive, adaptable, and pliable mind; an unwavering and penetrative mind; a mind concentrated in goodness.
This class will consider a few different approaches and meditative techniques to unifying the mind. We will also discuss skillful means for working with obstacles to samadhi, supporting the mind in learning to more easily rest stably and peacefully in the present moment.
We will use the Richard Shankman’s book The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insightas our foundational reading, supplemented by audio dharma talks and teachings, practice and discussions in class. The class is suitable for both newer (not beginning) and more seasoned meditators.
Stability and Tranquility will meet for four Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm from July 22nd through August 12th. The suggested donation for the class is $80-$100. If interested, you are encouraged to join us regardless of your financial circumstances. If possible, donations are requested before the first class, either by check or using PayPal through my website, mannymansbach.com.
To register, please email me at email@example.com. Please register ASAP rather than last minute so I can direct you to class assignments before the first class. Given that we are meeting for only four weeks, I’d like to “hit the ground running” at our first class.
Monthly Saturday Morning Sangha in Brattleboro with Manny!
Held on Zoom until further notice!
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Meeting ID: 873 7324 5309
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 at 9:45am!
New Weekly Open Sitting. Tuesdays 5pm. No teaching, no cost.
Every Tuesday. On Zoom.
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Integrity, Tranquility and Insight: Deepening Skillful Means on the Buddha’s Eightfold Path of Happiness
A Series of Three Classes with Manny–running Spring, Summer and Fall. More info about the Three-Class Series:
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 series will engage with the importance of all three of these aspects of a liberating awareness practice.
The third class in this series begins September 9th. Stay tuned for more info.
Seeing Clearly: The Power of Insight on the Buddha’s Eightfold Path will be the third of the classes and will begin in September and run through most of October, dates and times to be determined.
The suggested donation for this six-week course will be $120-150, according your ability and inclination, preferably payable at the first class. Please register for each of the three courses separately.
For more info or to register, please contact Manny by email.
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.