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:
Dharma Talk: At the Corner of Dukkha and Sukha
Meeting ID: 872 8760 6367
Upcoming Saturday Sangha Dates: March 9th, April 13th, 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 email@example.com
Class: Radical Friendship
What would it look like to love ourselves and others more deeply, and how might that nourish our spiritual practice and support our engagement with the world? Kate Johnson, in her courageous, inspiring book Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World explores these questions and more. Radical Friendship explores the power of friendship, building off of the Mitta Sutta, the Buddha’s teaching on the seven qualities a true spiritual friend should embody. The author states that “…the Mitta Sutta isn’t just a list of principles that are nice to think about. It’s a guide for aligning our thoughts, speech, and actions with our hearts’ intent….”
Monks, a friend endowed with seven qualities is worth associating with.
They give what is hard to give.
They do what is hard to do.
They endure what is hard to endure.
They reveal their secrets to you.
They keep your secrets.
When misfortunes strike, they don’t abandon you.
When you’re down and out, they don’t look down on you.
A friend endowed with these seven qualities is worth associating with.
The author begins Radical Friendship recounting some of her challenging personal experiences growing up and navigating both the larger society and the world of American “convert” Buddhism as a mixed-race woman confronting unconscious racism and privilege. She encourages us to develop “the kind of friendship that has the potential to heal us at the very ground of our being…. the practice of developing the inner spiritual capacities that allow us to show up for our own liberation and the expression of these capacities in all of our relationships as we show up for each other….The kind of friendship that helps us gather enough power and love that we can profoundly transform ourselves and the world.”
Johnson writes that this is “…a book about friendship as both a fundamental human relationship and a fundamental attitude of heart and mind with which we can navigate the world around us. Friendship as an inner fulcrum upon which all our actions can reliably hinge, a compass to offer us direction when we’re lost, and a shield to protect us.” She proclaims: “…I think one of our best strategies for embodying enlightenment is to love each other well.”
Course text: Kate Johnson, Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World
The Radical Friendship class will meet Wed eves 6:30-8pm from Jan 17th-Feb 14th on zoom. This class is open to all sincere students regardless of ability to contribute financially. The suggested donation for Radical Friendship is $125-150.
To register for Radical Friendship please email Manny at firstname.lastname@example.org
The visitor was displeased. “Is that all?”
So Ikkyu obliged him. Two words now.