The Irish Sangha Trust (IST) was established in 2011 to support and foster teaching and meditation practice in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in Ireland. The Irish Sangha Trust is non-profit Buddhist organization, entirely dependent on the generosity of the public for voluntary donations.

Our annual schedule includes regular workshops, retreats and meditation sittings. Events are open to everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners. We welcome you to join our spiritual friends network and experience the profound benefits of meditation practice.

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Zen Meditation Retreat on "Contemplating Mind" by Master Han Shang Te Ch'ing (1546-1623) with Venerable Sister Jinho from Taiwan

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 and Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 10:00 - 16:00

Ven. Jinho took ordination in the Chinese Chan (Zen) tradition with Master Sheng Yen in 2000, training intensively in the Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery in Taiwan for six years. Meanwhile, she studied at the Dharma Drum Buddhist University for four years, majoring in Buddhist doctrines, Vinaya (Buddhist precepts) and Chan practice. She arrived in England in 2007 and and wrote a dissertation on Buddhist monasticism in Britain with the University of Bristol. She teaches Zen meditation, spiritual healing group and Dharma reading groups at the Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre of Bristol University.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. It is possible to attend one day only or both days.

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here.

Fee: donation basis

More info and registration: please click here

Session 2 of Progressive Course "Sila, Samadhi and Panna in Practice" with Dr. Shiro Bandara from London, UK

Saturday, February 7th - Sunday, February 8th, 2015, 9:30 - 17:30

The Noble Eightfold Path consists of 3 parts: Ethics (Sila), Concentration (Samadhi) and Wisdom (Panna). These three are the cardinal practices which when carefully and fully cultivated raise the practitioner from lower to higher states of mind, lead from darkness to light, from passion to dispassion, from turmoil to tranquillity. These three are integral parts of the Path, they are interdependent and inseparable. In essence they are one integrated training, which is seen in three aspects.

The progressive course is led by Dr. Shiro Bandara from UK. It consists of 6 non-residential sessions. Each session consists of 2 days: Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 17:30 and takes place in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The second session is on February 7th-8th and the course will continue throughout the first part of 2015 (approximately 1 session per month). The third session is planned for mid March 2015.

This course is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Attendance of session 1 is not required to attend session 2: you are welcome to join the group even if you didn't attend session 1.

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here

Fee: 20 Euro per weekend (a few bursaries are available, please write in confidence to to apply). The teaching itself is offered on free basis and neither the teacher nor organizers financially benefit from the course (the teacher and organizers are volunteers). The fee is used to cover the cost of running the event.

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Weekly Meditation Sit

Every Saturday, 18:00 - 20:00

Please note: sometimes due to a weekend retreat or other event there is no sit on Saturday. If you didn't come last Saturday and you did not sign up for IST mailing list - please check out this announcement few days before Saturday to make sure there is no cancellation for upcoming Saturday posted in red letters below. Also we send notification about cancellation to the mailing list.

There will be no sit on December 13th, 2014 and January 17th, 2015 - there will be a full day retreat on those days. More info here

Sits will happen on November 29th, December 6th, 20th, 27th, 2014. January 3rd, 10th, 24th, 2015 and so on.

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here.

The schedule consists of traditional Theravada chanting (5 minutes), meditation (30-40 minutes, non-guided), recorded Dhamma talk (30 minutes) and a discussion based on the Dhamma talk.

This session is for the sake of cultivating spiritual friendship amongst serious practitioners and supporting each other on the Path.

There is no registration - this event operates on a drop-in basis.

There is no charge, donations are welcome to cover the place.

Please bring a bottle of water along as there will be no tea/snack breaks to allow more time for practice. You may wish to bring a blanket if it is cold. Meditation cushions/chairs will be provided. Please let us know if you have any queries by email

Sunday School for Kids

The Irish Sangha Trust has been invited to initiate a Buddhist Sunday School for children. The first class took place on Sun 14th Oct 2012, and will continue approx. every 2 weeks.

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