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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Seeing Clearly: The Power of Insight on the Buddha’s Eightfold Path
This third class in the series on Integrity, Tranquility and Insight: Deepening Skillful Means on the Buddha’s Eightfold Path of Happiness begins September 9th.
Seeing Clearly will will meet on Wednesday mornings September 9th through October 21 (no class on Sept 23rd), 10:30am-noon.
Suppose you have a pond of water that is filled with weeds. Living with integrity is like going down to the water and pushing the weeds aside to take a drink. The weeds are still present, and when you take your hand away, once again they come back and cover the pond. In moments of moral behavior the mind is pure, but as soon as we are forgetful, ignorance returns.
If you build a fence in the pond that keeps all the weeds on the outside, the water within remains clear to drink for as long as the fence is there. But the weeds are still there on the outside and if the fence is removed the weeds come back. That’s like the force of tranquility in the mind. It suppresses our basic misunderstandings.
Insight or wisdom is like going down to the pond and pulling out the weeds: you pull one out and then another until the whole pond is clear.
The primary text for this course will be Food For The Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah. This book has a similar title to another book of Ajahn Chah’s teachings. The book we are using has a black and red cover. (The other one has a brown and white cover.) Additional readings and audio dharma talks will also be assigned.
The suggested donation for this six-week course will be $120-150. If interested, you are encouraged to join us regardless of your financial circumstances. If possible, donations are requested before the first class, either by check or using PayPal through my website, mannymansbach.com.
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 with others.
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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.