San Francisco Insight
Meditation Community
Stone Buddha

SF Insight, the San Francisco Insight Meditation Community, is dedicated to offering the teachings of the Buddha as they develop in the West. Our orientation is toward intensive lay practice. We offer classes, meditation retreats and other events as a community (sangha) devoted to the embodiment of awakening in our lives.

Where and When We Meet

Led by Eugene Cash, we meet every Sunday evening from 7pm to 9pm in the Starr King Room of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco, located at 1187 Franklin Street at the corner of Geary Blvd. Get directions, find parking, or view map. Our meetings begin with a 45–minute meditation, followed by a talk and discussion.

Eugene's Absences and Guest Teachers

Dates of Eugene's absences and guest teachers can be found here.

Classes and Retreats

We regularly offer a variety of beginning meditation courses providing basic Buddhist meditation instructions, Buddhist teachings, and practical suggestions for applying these teachings to our daily lives. We also offer daylong meditation retreats to deepen and mature our practice. Community members are encouraged to engage in intensive meditation retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County with Eugene or other Spirit Rock teachers.

Retreats Taught by Eugene Cash

Wednesday Evening Group with
Pamela Weiss

As a complement to the Sunday evening group, this more intimate group emphasizes building sangha (community), making the teachings personal and accessible, and integrating the teaching into the fabric of daily life and practice.

Visit the Wednesday Night page to learn more.

New Students Orientation

The second Sunday of each month there is an orientation for beginning meditators or those new to our community. The orientation is led by senior members of the community. It begins at 6pm and is held in one of the small meeting rooms at the Unitarian Church (check the blackboard outside the Starr King Room to find out which one).

Weekly Chi Gung

Every Sunday, from 6:15pm to 6:45pm, we offer a half hour of chi gung (meditative movement) to prepare the body and mind for sitting. The class takes place in the Starr King Room, every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month.

Monthly Potluck

The first Sunday of each month we have a community potluck at 5:30pm. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share (homemade and store-bought dishes are equally welcome).

Young Adult Dharma Council

Learn more about this group serving people aged 20 to 35.


Read about the history of San Francisco Insight and Woza Moya, a project of our sister sangha Dharmagiri, in this article.

San Francisco Insight Mission Statement.

“Just as all the oceans have but one taste, the taste of salt, so the teachings of the Dharma have but one taste, the taste of freedom.”—The Buddha

Last Updated: April 23, 2014

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Upcoming Retreats & Courses

SFI Residential Retreat (May 28-June 1, 2014)

Aging As Spiritual Opportunity (June 2-8, 2014)

Being Bodhisattvas: A Six-Week Seminar (June 7- July 26, 2014)

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Our Teacher

Eugene Cash Eugene Cash is the founding teacher of the San Francisco Insight Meditation Community of San Francisco. He teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and leads intensive meditation retreats internationally. His teaching is influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of the Theravada tradition as well as Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practice. He is also a teacher of the Diamond Approach, a school of spiritual investigation and self-realization developed by A. H. Almaas.

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