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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Weekend Meditation Retreat on Skills in Awakening with Ajahn Dhammanando (from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK)

Saturday, April 25th - Sunday, April 26th, 2015

When we talk about "Awakening" it means to awaken to the Truth of how things are, in other words, to Reality. This is the goal. Habitually our minds are snared in ignorance and delusion and it is difficult for us to see clearly beyond our personal biases, preferences and character tendencies. Through calming the mind and through investigating our inner world there is a possibility for greater clarity and more wisdom to arise in how we understand both ourselves and others. Such an understanding is the basis for more freedom.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

To book a place: Click here.


Please support crowdfunding for filming documentary

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.

More info: here


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.

Sit will happen on March 28th and so on as usual.

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 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 infoirishsanghatrust.ie.

Sunday School for Kids

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 enrollment click here