Eugene Cash

Residential Retreat Teacher

Eugene is the founding teacher of San Francisco Insight. He has been a Buddhist teacher since 1990. He is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock. Eugene’s teaching is influenced by many streams of Buddhism–– Theravada, Zen and Tibetan. He is also a Diamond Approach teacher. He’s passionate about practicing 24/7, supporting awareness, investigation, and realization in daily life.

Eugene Cash
I have always been intrigued by the relationship between life, death and practice that is offered in Buddhism. When I was young, I would meditate at a Soto Zen temple in San Francisco at 5:30 in the morning. On the wooden block used to call one to practice was written: “Great is the matter of Birth and Death. Life passes swiftly and is quickly lost. Awaken! Awaken! Do not waste your life!” Many of us live with the illusion that we won’t die. We know it, but only as a conceptual reality. Or we believe that it will happen later... or to someone else! I almost died a few years ago...
 
Eugene Cash, The Paradox of Maraṇasati Practice

Eugene Cash's Upcoming Programs

Retreat On-Land

July 29 - August 4, 2024 Monday - Sunday | 6 nights

The Spirit of Insight, Dharma & Awakening

The essence of Buddhist practice is embodying the Dharma experientially. In this retreat we will use mindfulness meditation to study our experiential reality within all our activities, including meditation, movement, eating, resting, and listening. When we are present and investigate our experiential reality moment by moment, insight arises, and the Dharma reveals itself within our body, heart, and mind. As the living, embodied truth unfolds, we awaken to the Buddha within and discover the depth and breadth of our own human potential.

John Martin

John Martin

Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn

Victoria Cary

Victoria Cary

Retreat On-Land

September 14 - September 18, 2024 Saturday - Wednesday | 4 nights

Aging, Dying, & Awakening

Open to all ages. In this retreat, we’ll explore aging and dying from the Buddhist perspective of meditative practice and awakening. Together, we'll examine aging and death in our conventional lives and see what happens as we normalize these processes as part of the great letting go. How might this “letting go” reveal the awakened heart? This retreat will include meditation instructions, Dharma talks, meetings with teachers, and a daily period of contemplative inquiry during which we will investigate our own relationship to death. Otherwise, this retreat is silent outside of the mentioned above periods.

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

DaRa Williams

DaRa Williams

JoAnna Hardy

JoAnna Hardy

Andrea Castillo

Andrea Castillo

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Retreat On-Land

October 10 - October 19, 2024 Thursday - Saturday | 9 nights

Fall Insight Meditation Retreat

This is a Vipassanā retreat in the Thai Forest Tradition, which will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional meditation instruction will be combined with a spirit of lovingkindness, and the retreat will include silent stillness and moving meditation, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with the teachers.

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

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Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Retreat On-Land

December 27 - January 3, 2025 Friday - Friday | 7 nights

New Year's Insight Meditation Retreat

This is a traditional Insight Meditation (vipassanā) retreat with stillness and moving in silence, as well as regular meetings with teachers. Each day there will be systematic meditation instructions, Dharma talks, and movement practice. We will mark the turning of the year with a late evening meditation and simple ceremony on New Year’s Eve. In celebration of the New Year, our focus will be on cultivating loving awareness and embracing each moment as fresh and new. All are welcome.

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

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devon hase

Tuere Sala

Tuere Sala

Dawn Scott

Dawn Scott

Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari

Dharma Library

Can't join us live online or on the land? Study and practice at your convenience with Eugene Cash through our new library of recordings, articles, and self-paced online courses.