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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"Buddhism: not so much a religion as a way of life." Dhamma evening (meditation and Dhamma talk) with Luang Por Tiradhammo: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 7pm - 9pm

Now with 40 vassa (years as a monk), Ajahn Tiradhammo is one of the most senior monks in the tradition of Ajahn Chah. This evening Ajahn will give a Dhamma talk, there will be discussion and meditation.

Venue: Dublin Shambhala Center, 23 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2 (map)

Fee: donation only

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Session 1 of Progressive Course "Sila, Samadhi and Panna in Practice" with Dr. Shiro Bandara from London, UK: Saturday, November 15th - Sunday, November 16th, 2014, 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 levels of state of the 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. 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 Appletree Health and Wellness, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The first session is on November 15-16th and the course will continue throughout the first part of 2015 (approximately 1 session per month). The second session is planned for early February 2015.

This course is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

The first session includes practice of sitting, walking and standing meditation (both guided and non-guided), mindfulness, Dhamma talks which cover many aspects of the Threefold training as well as elements of vipassana (practice of insight), Dhamma discussions and personal guidance.

Venue: Appletree Health and Wellness, No 126 Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Please press bell marked 'Appletree TOP'. See map and directions here.

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 November 15th, 2014 - there is a full day retreat that day. More info here

Next sit will be on November 22nd, 2014.

Venue: Appletree Health and Wellness, No 126 Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Please press bell marked 'Appletree TOP'. 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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