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Discovering Inner Wealth: The Seven Factors of Awakening

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Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley

116 Pleasant Street

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Easthampton, MA 01027

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Discovering Inner Wealth: The Seven Factors of Awakening

A course with Manny Mansbach

4 Mondays, October 15 - November 5, 2018; 7:15-9:00pm

Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation



The seven factors of awakening - mindfulness, investigation, energy, joyful interest, tranquility, stability of mind, and equanimity - are so valued in Buddhist practice that they are sometimes referred to as “inner wealth.” Joseph Goldstein calls these qualities “the sap that runs through the Buddha’s tree of liberation; a powerful healing medicine that we must actually develop in our own minds.” These wholesome states comprise a mutually supportive framework for cultivating the mind, overcoming meditative obstacles, and balancing the energetic and calming forces that develop in meditation.

The Buddha’s teachings point us toward qualities of mind that already live inside of us. Becoming more familiar with the seven factors helps us incline towards and develop them further, so that non–clinging becomes more familiar and natural, and a path of awakening is ignited. This class will explore each factor to reveal its importance, function, and role in the process of awakening. Rather than a single text, we will rely on audio dharma talks, class discussion and practice for structure.




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 click here.




*Our teachers give freely of their time, wisdom, and experience and depend upon contributions from students for their livelihood. We recommend an equal or greater donation to the teacher than for registration.

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