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.

Welcome to Irish Sangha Trust

There is no requirement to be or to become a Buddhist in order to attend IST events and activities. The profound benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices are open to everyone who wishes to avail of them to enhance their quality of life.

Weekend Meditation Retreat and Sutta Study "Mindfulness and Right Speech" with Ajahn Metta from UK

Saturday, November 28th - Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Right Speech is one of the Five Precepts of ethical conduct and a part of the Noble Eightfold Path. Speech is like a fire which can warm or burn, if used skillfully it can reduce suffering, if used unskillfully it will increase suffering. Being mindful about speech can help to make our relationship with other people and oneself more balanced, truthful and kind.

During Saturday Ajahn Metta will guide the group to meditate on Right Speech aspects. On Sunday we will continue to explore Right Speech by studying and discussing related suttas from Pali canon.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

For more info and to book a place please click here

THE DHARMA BUM: The Untold Story of U Dhammaloka - The First Western Buddhist Monk

The Dharma Bum is a feature documentary film directed by Ian Lawton that unearths the adventure story of Laurence Carroll, a free-thinking atheist alcoholic Irishman born in Dublin in the late 1800s, who went on to become U Dhammaloka - the world's first Western Buddhist monk.

For more info please click here

Weekly Meditation Sit

Every Friday, 19:30 - 21:30

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

On November 27th the sit will start at 18:30 (and not at 19:30). It will be led by Ajahn Metta from UK. There is a 2-day retreat with her that weekend (please see above). Sits will be happening this autumn as usual.

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here. At the door press bell marked "Appletree Top". Please don't come too early as usually there is no one there to open the door until 19:20.

The schedule consists of traditional Theravada chanting (5 minutes), meditation (first 15 minutes guided, then 25 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 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

Buddhist Sunday School for Kids

Every alternate Sunday, 10:45 - 12:30

We are offering a wonderful opportunity for children to learn Dhamma with our Sunday School. The learning of Dhamma would nurture your children to be more self aware, inculcate mindfulness and kindness in their daily life, be able to lead a happy and purposeful life and become a productive member of society. We have been running this school for 3 years now and the feedback we got from parents and children has been very positive.

For more info and enrolment please click here