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 TrustThere 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.
Day retreat with Noirin Sheahan
Saturday, October 28th, 2017, 10am - 4:30pm
A chance to withdraw from our usual busyness, and explore our inner world. What stresses and strains does it want us to acknowledge? What can it teach us about wisdom and peace?
The day will include guidance on Insight Meditation practice according to the Mahasi technique, as well as reflection on dealing with the difficulties we commonly encounter in meditation. There will be time for discussion as well as sitting and walking meditation sessions.
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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 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 September 22nd, 2017 the weekly meditation sit will be led by Venerable Bhante Rewatha Thero from Scotland. There is a weekend retreat that Saturday and Sunday. More info here.
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 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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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.
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