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Daylong Retreat 2018 with Franz Manfredi

  • Long Beach Meditation 5100 East The Toledo Long Beach, CA, 90803 United States (map)

Led by Community Dharma Leader Franz Manfredi

This is the direct way for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the destruction of suffering and grief, for reaching the right path, for the attainment of Freedom...

Go to a forest, to the foot of a tree, or to an empty place. Sit down, keep your body erect, and arouse mindfulness in the object of meditation.

Namely, the breath which is before you.

- The Buddha

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Dive deeply into the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Also known as Vipassana or Insight Meditation and taught by the Buddha 2,500 years ago in India. Develop the skills to manifest the highest expression of yourself in your daily precious human life.

This retreat will include:

  • Periods of silent and guided seated meditation

  • Periodic moving meditations including walking and gentle stretching routines

  • Individual meditation guidance from Franz upon request

It is on retreat that I have had my most significant insights, forever changing my understanding and experience of my life. The Buddha himself long after his complete self-illumination would go on retreat for 3 hours every day and 3 months every year. Following his example and instruction we gather together and set aside this time to explore the depths of our inner lives.”

-Franz Manfredi

We encourage you to join with us in this exploration of your infinitely precious human life.

Saturday November 10, 9am-5pm


Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.




Bay Shore Church
5100 The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803

We meet in the Gabrielson Chapel of the Bay Shore Church on The Toledo and Granada in Belmont Shore.

Parking: There is a free lot across Granada Ave. with public parking available. Street parking is also available.

ADA Accessible

Equipment: We have different styles of zafus (firm sitting cushions), zabutons (floor mats), benches and comfortable chairs on hand.

Questions? Email us at

Please consider bringing

  • Coffee, tea, water, and fresh fruit will be provided courtesy of Long Beach Meditation.

  • From 12:00-1:00 pm we will take our lunch and enjoy our meal together in community.

  • Please bring your own afternoon meal.

  • Feel free to bring extra food to share if you like.

  • Your own sitting gear, if preferred.

  • A donation/dana for the teacher.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

  • An extra wrap like a blanket or shawl to keep warm during the sits.

Please Note:

  • DO NOT wear scented perfumes and fragrances.

  • TURN OFF your cell phone for the duration of the event.

  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled.

Financial Assistance: No one is turned away for lack of funds! If you are unable to pay all or part of the fee, please email us at

Franz Manfredi


Franz Manfredi is a Community Dharma Leader at Long Beach Meditation whose passion is to share the teachings of the historical Buddha to share the blessings they have created in his own life. He spent his youth studying and practicing Hindu meditation and philosophy, which included several pilgrimages to Bengal, India (where he received tantric initiation and instruction in the Dakshina Kali tradition), and Vrindavan, India (where he received Vaishnava initiation and Mantra meditation instruction). After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in World Music performance (India/Indonesia), Franz started a family in Long Beach where he and his sons live today. For the past five years Franz has made an in-depth study of Early Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation rooted in Theravada Buddhism guided by the teachings of Gil Fronsdal.