What Would the Buddha Say? Practicing Skillful Speech
with Manny Mansbach
4 Fridays, June 4 - 25; 10:30am - 12:00pm ET
Suggested donation: $32-80 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider teacher dana equal to or greater than the amount you gave for registration)
is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken
affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of
good-will.” -The Buddha
From a foundation of loving
awareness, this class aims to strengthen our capacity to attune to what
is true for us in each moment, and to gain confidence in translating
this knowing into skillful, compassionate speech and internalization of
the core building blocks of skillful speech.
We will utilize
Assertive Nonviolence, a way of communicating grounded in empathy and
respect for all beings that draws on the Buddha’s instructions for Wise
Speech, the nonviolence teachings of Gandhi, Dr. King and others, as
well as contemporary tools like Compassionate Communication, and Manny’s
extensive experience as a couples therapist and group leader.
Throughout, we will emphasize the primacy of caring sangha in nurturing
“Words of love, tenderness, and kindness are
urgently needed in a world saturated by so many unwise and divisive
words. The realization of peace in our world, our communities, families,
and relationships rest upon each of us learning to speak with wisdom.” -Christina Feldman
Manny Mansbach has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 1980. He is a graduate both of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioner Program and its Community Dharma Leader Program, and is the former Director of the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco. In recent years, Manny has spent many months in silent meditation retreats, and has practiced and been on pilgrimage in India, Tibet, Nepal, Burma and Thailand. In addition to studying with revered western Insight Meditation teachers, he has also been influenced by Dzogchen and the teachings of Adyashanti. Manny is committed to helping people remember and express their basic goodness, and to gain confidence in the beauty and power of the Buddha’s teachings of profound understanding and boundless kindness. One of his greatest interests is applying the Buddha’s Middle Way to the area of communication, integrating the core skill of nonviolent assertion and learning to speak from wisdom and with kindness. For Manny's website visit mannymansbach.com.
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