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?
Faith, Confidence and Trust in Dharma Practice & In This World
A Five-Week Course with Manny Mansbach
November 11-December 16, 2020
No matter what we encounter in life, it is faith that enables us to try again, to trust again, to love again. Even in times of immense suffering, it is faith that enables us to relate to the present moment in such a way that we can go on, we can move forward, instead of becoming lost in resignation and despair. Faith links our present-day experience, whether wonderful or terrible, to the underlying pulse of life itself. –Sharon Salzberg
Faith is not a thing we do or don’t have. It is a verb, an action, something we do. Commonly, we are told that faith deepens as we are instructed in what we should believe. However, in Buddhism, confidence grows as we experiment with and embody the teachings, trying them out in our daily lives to see how our most noble qualities can best be awakened. Trust, faith and confidence can arise despite great suffering, and are often fostered in tandem with wisdom,
In our lives–whether we are aware of it or not–we are continuously giving our hearts to something. As practitioners of meditation and dharma, what is it we give our hearts to? Or, as the Pali word saddha is usually translated, what do we“place our hearts upon?” What do we rely on or take refuge in? How is this sense of trust established and strengthened? If we have become separated from a supportive relationship with faith, how do we most skillfully work to reestablish that connection? And what does dharma practice offer us in this regard? We will explore some of these questions and more in this class.
“Though I do not expect a plant to spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” –Thoreau
Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, by Sharon Salzberg
Five Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm:
Nov. 11th&18th, (no class Nov.25th), and Dec. 2nd, 9thand 16th
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.
Weekly Meditation Online. Pandemic Tuesdays 5pm. No pre-registration, no fee.
Every Pandemic Tuesday. On Zoom. An easy way to practice in community with others.
Here’s the link to join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 827 6225 4685
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.