The Buddha’s Disciples: The Human Face of the Dharma

A 10-Class Series with Eugene Cash

Our 10-class series will focus on the Buddha and his disciples. We’ll meet the people who discovered the Buddha 2,600 years ago in Northern India. Through reading texts, reflection, personal inquiry and collective investigation, we’ll learn from and build relationships with the people whose lives were transformed by the dharma. As we become intimate with them, we will discover how their realization can inspire our own deepening and understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. Exploring the unfoldment of these ordinary human beings will reveal how to live a life of awakening here and now.

Our friends include: Sariputta, Ānanda, Bahiya, Anāthapindika, Angulimāla, Kisāgotamī, Ambapāli, Mahāpajāpatī, Queen Sāmāvatī

Each class will include time for meditation, a dharma talk, interactive inquiry and discussion. Between sessions, participants will be invited to engage in reading, engaged practice and reflection to deepen their understanding and support integration into daily life.

The series is appropriate for both those new to practice and experienced meditators. People of all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome.

TO REGISTER:  Registration through Eventbrite is closed. Click here to send us an email if you’d like to join the class. The sliding scale registration fee for the 10-class series is $25 to $50, which you can pay on our Donate page by clicking here. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please pay the highest level that you can afford. You will receive Zoom instructions via email once you complete your registration.

TEACHER DANA:  Our teachers are supported solely by your donations for their time and teachings (they do not receive any portion of the registration fee). Suggested teacher dana is $25 to $350 for the full series. Any donations can be offered to the teacher online at

FOR INFORMATION:  Visit our Contact Page or call 415-727-6220.

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.

Since we want our classes to be accessible to as many sangha members as possible, we offer our classes on a sliding scale registration fee basis. Please call 415-727-6220 or email prior to the first class if the registration fee is an obstacle to your participation). * Please consider the highest level that you can donate in order to support those who have fewer resources. * We ask for your commitment to the full class series. Series classes build on one another; your commitment supports coherence of the teachings and allows the participants to mature as a group.