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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!

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Nurturing A Welcoming Heart

A Five-Week Course with Manny Mansbach

January 13-February 10, 2021, Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm

In a world full of cracks, fissures and divisions, how do we continue to establish and nurture a Welcoming Heart? Beginning with our broken hearts, our recognition of the pervasiveness of suffering, we discover a caring that can meet our shared vulnerability. To begin to move beyond separation and fully embrace ourselves and others, we must recognize that we are truly interconnected with others and the rest of the world. Then we start to see how much our actions, speech and thought matter.

When our primary motivation is to work on behalf of our well-being, and also the well-being of others, then we have the opportunity to establish a spiritual momentum that is truly powerful. We can look diligently and clearly at what qualities of mind we are strengthening and which ones we are weakening, what awakens our hearts and what blocks that process from proceeding. We gain confidence that our good actions will bear fruit, and stop doubting that our lives can change for the better. As Pema Chodron reminds us, “when bodhicitta [the awakened heart] becomes the basis for how we live each day of our lives, then everything we do is meaningful.”

This class will consist of meditations, 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.

“Only by learning to fully embrace all aspects of ourselves—even the most seemingly negative elements of our minds and hearts—will we learn to fully embrace others. Only by discovering the basic goodness in both our lotus and our mud, will we come to see the basic goodness of all living beings.”                  —Pema Chodron

Course Text:   Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living In A Brokenhearted World, by Pema Chodron.

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.

Second Saturday AM Sangha

Held on Zoom until further notice! 

9:45-11:15am

Upcoming dates for the Saturday Morning Sangha are as follows:
 
February 13th
March 20th  (note change to 3rd Saturday in March)
April 10th
May 8th
 

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83006320982?pwd=KzVxWTBOdHlJblZZYnp3VTBxWk0vUT09

Meeting ID: 830 0632 0982

Passcode: 446403

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!

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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84843828749?pwd=MitpNmJndWZRcVU0cnJLdS9WL3c0Zz09

Meeting ID: 848 4382 8749

Passcode: 350252

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