The greatest gift is the
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Eugene Cash's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Eugene Cash
I am intrigued by how we can live the 'holy life' as lay people. How do we erase the imaginary line between formal sitting practice and the rest of our lives? How can we bring full engagement to formal and informal practice? Is it possible to embody, in our lives, the understanding and insight that comes with intensive training? And can we live our lives in a way that expresses and continues to deepen our realization? These questions fuel my practice and my teaching.
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2018-06-09 Miracle of Aging, Letting Go and Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:59
Aging brings many surprises. We can develop a ‘big picture’ that includes the wisdom of equanimity and relaxation. This wisdom of not clinging or letting go is fundamental to the Buddhist goal of awakening. It also can arise as we age, let go of everything, as we see that we can’t actually hold on to anything. The freedom of letting go is part of the fruit of practice and aging.
Aging, Dying and Awakening
2018-06-07 Maranasati: Mindfulness of Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:31
Mindfulness of death is both personal and impersonal. Eugene gave a picture of his experience of death and it’s relationship to his personal practice that included his time as a hospice volunteer/trainer, as a son caring for his dying parents, and, his near death experience. He also outlined Buddhist teachings about death in the Theravada and Zen lineages.
Aging, Dying and Awakening
2018-05-11 Maranasati: Grateful for Life and Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:51
Maranasati leads to being real and being grateful for both life and death. As we mature and deal directly with the truth of death we value life and the preciousness of existence. This reality brings gratefulness of all that is given–– our bodies, hearts, minds, the earth, sky, universe and each moment.
Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2018-05-09 Story of Anathapindika: Death and Letting go (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:42
Anathapindika was one of the foremost householder followers of the Buddha. As he is dying Sariputta and Ananda go to comfort him. Seeing his imminent death they offer teachings never before given to householders. He receives the radical teachings of not clinging, letting go of all experience and waking up.
Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2018-05-06 Maranasati Normalizing Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:43
Exploring the Buddhist teaching of Maranasati: Mindfulness of Death How it’s taught and how one personally works with, recognizes and manifests this practice.
Contemplating Death/Awakening to Life (Maranasati Retreat)
2017-12-30 Mind Fullness of Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:08
Working with the conventional mind, including judging and comparing, and the unity of Small Mind and Big Mind.
New Years Insight
2017-10-08 Maranasati: Grateful for Life and Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:20
How contemplating and practicing with our mortality brings forward human maturity and allows us to appreciate this precious human life.
Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life
2017-10-06 Anathapindika: Letting Go into Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:22
The radical teachings of letting go are offered to Anathapindika before he dies. He advocated these teachings be offered to all householders. How we practice radical letting go.
Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life
2017-10-03 Maranasati Retreat Normalizing Death (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:44
Great is the matter of Birth-and-Death. Life passed swiftly and is quickly lost Awaken! Awaken! Do not waste your life... Exploring mindfulness of death in Theravada Practice. Looking at the reality of human death in the world today and at the time of the Buddha. The paradox and potential of opening to the reality of death as part of life and Buddhist practice.
Maranasati: Contemplating Death / Awakening to Life
2017-08-21 Buddha Breathed Himself to Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:34
The function of samadhi, (concentration) in the service of awakening.
Concentration Retreat

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