About Reliable Refuge

Half-day Retreat

Reliable Refuge: Connecting with Awareness, Truth and Love

with Manny Mansbach

Saturday, March 13; 10:00am - 12:30pm

Suggested donation: $15-30 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider teacher dana equal to or greater than the amount you gave for registration)

Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (or Awareness, Truth and Love) are three areas of refuge often called The Triple Gem upon which we can rest our practice and lives. By exploring whether we are making our home in reliable or unreliable shelters, and strengthening our commitment to taking refuge in that which is truly nourishing and ennobling, we can awaken presence and realize greater freedom.

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