Teachers & Leaders


Eugene Cash

Eugene 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.

Pamela Weiss

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Pamela Weiss has been practicing in the Zen and Theravada traditions since 1987. She spent several years in a Zen monastery, is trained by Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock, and co-leads the Wednesday evening sangha for SF Insight. Pamela is also an executive coach, and pioneer in bringing the principles and practices of Buddhist teaching into leadership development inside organizations. Her passion is in bringing the richness and depth of Buddhist teachings to the world of work and relationships, as well as articulating a feminine expression of the dharma.

Community Dharma Leaders

Marlena deCarion

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Marlena deCarion has been practicing meditation since 1995. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and is a Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader. Although she has primarily studied in the Theravada Buddhism, she is influenced by Tibetan and non-dual practices. Marlena is a Certified Professional Coach, is trained in Somatic Experiencing, and is a student of the Diamond Approach.

Paul Irving

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Paul Irving has practiced meditation and contemplation in Eastern and Western traditions since 1973. In 2012 he completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program. He is the co-founder of a successful optometry clinic, has been a consultant in project management and non-profit funding development, and is currently the Practice Manager of a large health practice at UCSF.

Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2003. She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock. A family physician, Rebecca teaches meditation classes at her clinic in Sonoma County.

Trip Weil

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Trip Weil has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2004. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader and Dedicated Practitioners Programs. Formerly an attorney, Trip is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco.