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.
What a time it continues to be! I hope your meditation practice continues to support you in staying loving, balanced and clear in these very challenging times. I’m cheering you and all beings on!
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New Class–The Blessings of Embodied Awareness
Held initially via zoom every other Wed eve from January 26th to May 4th, 6:30-8:00pm
Martin Aylward, in the introduction of his book (and the text for this course) Awake Where You Are: The Art of Embodied Awareness, writes: “Meditation is an intimate engagement with our lives, not something to do—it is a deep familiarization with experience, irreducible to a mere technique.” He goes on to say that our approach to meditation, influenced by terms like mind-training and mindfulness, can make it seem like meditation is primarily a mental endeavor, and encourage our existing bias toward conceptualization and abstraction. Actually though, meditating involves inhabiting the sensory body, gathering attention into our immediate, visceral somatic experience.
This class will explore how what we might often call mindfulness involves an embodied presence, or “body-fullness”, investigating the Buddha’s profound statement that the whole universe arises and passes right here in this body. We will look at our tendency and cultural training to avoid deep here-ness, our proclivity to go up and out into entertainment, distraction, anxious preoccupation, seeking comfort, and sliding into drama and disconnection.
The journey of embodied awareness invites us in and down, says Aylward, back into an intimacy of attentionally inhabiting our felt experience and becoming free of the conceptual traps that clutter the mind and keep us from a more liberated life. We shift from knowing to listening, from reacting to sensing, arriving home in this very moment in this body. Aylward reminds us that “If you are not here, you are lost.” We are invited to meet life fully, right here, honoring the truth of our embodiment.
In addition to the Awake Where You Are book, audio dharma talks will also be assigned for each class. The suggested donation is $160-$200, or more, or less, depending on your financial situation and interest in supporting both the teacher and those whose funds are limited. To join, please email me at email@example.com. If we haven’t met, please include some info about yourself that will give me a sense of your interest and practice.
Saturday AM Sangha
Held on (mostly 2nd Saturdays) Zoom until further notice!
9:45-11:15am ET, by donation
Manny Mansbach is inviting you to Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 7220 8332 Passcode: 471095
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!
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.