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 upright, sane, and kind in the face of very formidable challenges. I’m wishing you well, and know you can do this!
What’s Happening? When?
Faith, Trust and Confidence:
Discovering Ease, Empowerment and Fidelity with Practice On and Off the Cushion
A Virtual Daylong Retreat with Manny Mansbach, offered by Valley Insight Meditation Society
Saturday February 27th, 9:30am-12:30, 2-5pm
for more information: https://valleyinsight.org/retreats/
to register please email: email@example.com
Peaceful Heart: The Power of Patience
A Five-Week course running from Wed. March 3rd through Wed. March 31st, 4:30-6pm. On zoom.
We all want a peaceful heart, and those of us engaged in Buddhist spiritual practice engage in cultivating tender, open, skillful hearts on a regular basis. Still, at times, we get disturbed, triggered, thrown off our game, in such a way that obstructs us from reacting to our experience or others well.
In this class, we will use Dzigar Kongtrul’s book Peaceful Heart: The Buddhist Practice of Patience, in which he expands upon a key chapter in the great 8th-century sage Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva as a basis for training to protect our minds from becoming disturbed. This chapter is known as the chapter on Patience, which is translated from a Tibetan word that also means “not getting disturbed”. Peaceful Heart is organized to help us contemplate and practice skillfully with a range of common situations in our lives, including seeing what brings us pain; working with aversion, or the many ways we reject our experience; how we can respond when our loved ones are mistreated; working with the temptation to take pleasure in others’ pain; working with jealousy; and practicing patience when we don’t get what we want, or are treated with contempt.
When we are bothered and disturbed, we can become disconnected from leading with our natural goodness. Training in patience and non-disturbance, we begin to learn how to feel at home in every situation, and are reconnected to our inherent openness, compassion and wisdom—a peaceful heart.
This class will consist of group meditation, check-ins and discussion of assigned reading and audio dharma talks, talks by the teacher, and small breakout groups. As always, there is an emphasis on establishing and nurturing a safe, caring and supportive sangha.
“Shantideva’s intention in composing the Patience Chapter was to give people…a set of thorough instructions for maintaining this supremely peaceful heart in the face of every kind of challenge and threat. My intention…is the same: to pass on any advice from my teachers that may help you work with whatever disturbances arise in your life and mind so you may meet them and use them to grow and progress on your path. I hope that by learning and applying the practice of patience, you will discover that all difficult circumstances, people, and emotions can be used to open your heart rather than close it.” –Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Suggested donation for this class is $100. Sincere students are welcome regardless of current capacity to offer financial support, and encouraged to donate more or less according to their ability and inclination to support the dharma and Manny’s teaching.
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.