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Manny Mansbach teaches Insight (Vipassana) Meditation in Vermont 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.

I hope your meditation practice continues to support you in staying loving, balanced and clear in these very challenging times.  I’m STILL cheering you and all beings on!

 

What’s Happening? When?

Second Saturday Sangha

9:45-11:15am ET, by donation. Held on zoom.

No registration, just come when you can!

Next Saturday Sangha Meeting: 

April 13th

Dharma Talk and Discussion: 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87287606367?pwd=b2xiMTF0MkNUMWhGaGVqQTFPSnRNUT09

Meeting ID: 872 8760 6367
Passcode: 596240

Upcoming Saturday Sangha Dates: May 11th, June 8th

Feel free to email me if you have questions…or if you would like to be added to the email list

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday mornings at 9:45am!

Note: All sincere students are welcome regardless of ability to contribute financially.

for more info or to be added to the email list please contact Manny at satisukha@gmail.com

 

 Class–Facing Aging, Illness, and Loss:

Learning to Meet Our Own Changes and Challenges and Those of our Loved Ones with Skill and Grace

Facing Aging, Illness and Loss will explore the possibility and some of the “how to” of living a good life in the midst of physical and other challenges and losses as we or our loved ones encounter aging, illness and limitation. Each of us is vulnerable to many different varieties of loss, some of which come suddenly with no warning, and we are probably all familiar with reactive, unskillful responses to changes that we haven’t asked for. Many of us also know that conditions that are barriers or obstacles to living the way we prefer can also become gates to new understanding, deeper love, more profound letting go.

We will use Toni Bernhard’s honest and intimate book How to be Sick (updated edition), an account of the author’s journey with chronic illness, and also more broadly a guide for those facing the challenges of living in–or with someone with—a body. This book is not only for those who are ill, but for anyone who is subject to being ill, who has friends and/or loved ones who are or might become ill, and anyone who has experienced hardship or unwelcome change in life. In other words, it’s for all of us who are committed to living as well as possible no matter what conditions we find ourselves in.

How to Be Sick is a wise and compassionate guide, offering stories and simple practices for reducing suffering by grasping for things to be other than they are, and finding acceptance and joy with what is. It’s a book about living well in an uncertain world that in many cases doesn’t yield to our preferences or comfort. How to be Sick is a kind and useful book that can help us avoid making illness the enemy, allowing a new kind of flourishing in our new situation. Christina Feldman calls it “a road map to finding grace and balance amid affliction.”

Facing Aging, Illness and Loss will meet from 6:30-8pm on zoom for five Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 24, and May 1, 8. No class on April 17th.

Class text: How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers. Second Edition: Wisdom Publications, 2018.

Some copies should be available at Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro by around March 25th or 26th. Calling ahead is suggested. For those outside of southern Vermont, the book can also be ordered directly from Wisdom Publications or elsewhere online.

Suggested Donation: $125-175. All sincere students are welcome regardless of ability to contribute financially.

Registration: Please email Manny at satisukha@gmail.com to join this class.

“Each of us finds our way to live with the challenges and uncertainty of illness. Toni Bernhard found a path that led to balance, wisdom, and love. She caringly points us to the possibility of finding happiness even in the midst of difficult conditions. That is a true gift.”    –Frank Ostaseski

“This book is full of compassion about how to sit sweetly with your difficulties—which means not making yourself wrong for having difficulties.”   –John Tarrant

 

 

Prayer Flags in AnnapurnasThe 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.
          Attention. Attention.

Manny Mansbach

phone: 802 490 4599 email:satisukha@gmail.com