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 with Ven St Jinho: 'For the Love of the World, Others and the Self'

Saturday, January 14th - Sunday, January 15th 2017

In the fresh New Year, we invite practioners to join us for a weekend on cultivating Love. 

'When we consider the fragile and fleeting biosphere and political system that we live in, these changes we are seeing and experiencing all around us can easily lead us to a lot of confusion and fear...

However, things also have a tendency to create their opposites: times of war can give rise to occasions of unparalleled kindness, painful losses can lead to liberating wisdom, and oppression can be a cause for ocean-like compassion. In a similar way the current stressful times are giving rise to resources to help us deal with that very stress.'

(Excerpt From: Amaro, Ajahn. “For the Love of the World.” Amaravati Publications, 2013-12-20.)

Inspired by Ajahn Amaro's book, Sister Jinho will lead practioners to reflect on the concepts of the World, others and self, to explore ways of finding and cultivating Love for the World, others and the self. 

Then putting Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha into practice and action in personal daily life. 

In this weekend retreat, we will practice observing noble silence and the five precepts with sitting and waking meditations. 

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

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.

There will be no medsit on Friday, the 30th of December.

There will be medsit on Friday, the 6th of January, 2017 and so on every Friday.

On the 13th of January the meditation sit will be led by Venerable Sister Jinho.

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 infoirishsanghatrust.ie.

Ajahn Buddharakkhita is staying at Mingala Ramsi Vihara, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

We are glad to let you know that Ajahn Buddharakkhita is staying at Mingala Ramsi Vihara at the moment. You are welcome to visit him.

Address is:

Mingala Ramsi Vihara
9 Esker Hills, Brackernagh
Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

Email address is: knowtheheart@gmail.com

Essays by Noirin Sheahan

We are glad to publish essays (Dhamma talks) which Noirin Sheahan prepared for meditation sit events at IST she led. These essays share wisdom of an experienced teacher, give perspective and practical advice on dealing with Life's puzzles and daily situations. They would be suitable for reading by both beginners and experienced practitioners.

For more info 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

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