Course with Manny Mansbach - 5-7-2024

Wise Speech in Hard Times

Course with Manny Mansbach

4 Tuesdays: May 7, 14, 21, and 28; 6:30 - 8:00pm ET
This offering is in-person at IWM.

Suggested donation: $40-$90 registration + teacher donation* (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*

Description: “It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken benefically. It is spoken with a mind of good-will.”     -The Buddha

In a world filled with acrimony and division, there is an ever-growing need for kind, clear, firm communication. From a foundation of loving awareness, this class aims to strengthen our capacity to attune to what is most true for us in each moment, to gain confidence in translating this knowing into wise, compassionate speech, and to support internalizing the core building blocks of skillful speech.

In addition to the Buddha’s powerful instructions for Wise Speech, we will utilize Nonviolent Assertion, a way of communicating grounded in empathy and respect for all beings, supported by 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 Skillful Speech.

Course Text: The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh

(available at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton)

“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

IN-PERSON LOCATION: IWM at Eastworks; 116 Pleasant St, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA

Chairs and cushions available.

Please bring your own covered water bottle.

Covid Protocols:

• Masks optional.

• If you have COVID concerns (new symptoms or think you've been exposed), please stay home.

• Field Control Trio Plus portable air purifier will be running (H13 HEPA with an ultraviolet light component).

Manny Mansbach has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1980. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader Program, and has decades of experience as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist working with couples, a teacher of therapists in training, and a social activist. 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. He is passionate about integrating the wise speech teachings of the Buddha with western-based practices of skillful communication. For Manny's website visit

*In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of dana (generosity), the suggested registration amounts for our classes and retreats do not include any payment for the teacher. The teachers are paid entirely out of the students' generosity. Please consider giving a donation to the teacher in order to support their ability to continue to share the dharma. We encourage you to consider teacher dana equal to or greater than the amount you gave for registration. You may give a donation at the time of registration and/or give later donations through our teacher dana link or in-person at the course/retreat. Everyone is welcome to all of our offerings regardless of ability to donate.

You can give online, in-person, or send checks to Insight Western Mass, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA 01027. FYI: we check for mail once per week.

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Send checks to: Insight Western Mass, 116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA 01027. When sending a check, please specify how much is for registration and/or teacher dana.

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