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 "When Winter turns to Spring - Living with Change", with Ajahn Ariyasilo from Amaravati Monastery in London

Saturday, June 9th - Sunday, June 10th, 2018

The nature of life is to change. Whatever has the nature to arise, has the nature to change and to cease. We become aware of this as we develop mindfulness and concentration in our lives.

We slowly begin to realise that if we do not grasp, do not attach ourselves to the world being the way we want it to be, we will not be so disturbed by change and loss. An aid to meditation that we can adopt fairly easily, is to constantly bring our minds back to the ordinary things of life. We can become aware of the ordinary experiences that we go through during our waking time.

They might be exciting, happy, boring, frightening, ho-hum, interesting, important, repetitive, one-off, desired or completely random. They may happen in the morning, afternoon, evening or night. We can gradually learn to rest our attention on those mental or physical events that we experience, without clinging or pushing away, without rejecting or preferring, just allowing each thing to pass away and a new experience to arise.

With this practice, calmness and peace of mind will naturally arise.

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Weekend Meditation Retreat with Sister Jinho

Saturday, July 21st - Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Venue: Appletree, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here. At the door press bell marked "Appletree Top"

More details about the retreat will be confirmed at a later date.

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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 did not 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.

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

The schedule consists of 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.

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.

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