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.

Daily Life Course with Noirin Sheahan

Friday, the 15th and 29th of April 2016, 19:30

Noirin has been offering courses in Daily Life Dhamma at Satipanya for a number of years and now hopes to offer similar courses for those who attend IST meetings. We are planning a trial two-week course in April and, depending on how this goes, to have a 5-week course later in the year.

Those who have taken part in these courses at Satipanya have found it helps vitalize their practice. Each moment of ordinary life can be a Dhamma teaching. Sharing experience with others is an important aspect of this – speaking about experience usually helps clarify it for ourselves. Also people learn from each other’s successes and pitfalls. Taking part in a course helps deepen the sense of Sangha – the human face of the Dhamma.
Think about whether you could commit to a course during the last two weeks of April.

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Meditationally Blissed Summer Retreat with Ajahn Buddharakkhita

Saturday, May 28th - Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Please join us at the Irish Sangha Trust for a weekend full of loving kindness, compassion and appreciative joy. Take mindful steps to peace and happiness. Whether beginner or mature in the art of meditation, you are welcome to come and practice with a circle of friends.

Ajahn Buddharakkhita a very experienced teacher in the Theravada Forest Tradition will lead guided samatha and vipassana meditation sessions. His instructions and discussion will give the opportunity to solve difficulties faced in meditation and develop practice further.

For more info and to book a place please click here

Guided Meditation and Dhamma Talk Evenings with Ven. Ajahn Ahimsako from Amaravati Monastery, UK

Wednesday, June 15th and Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, 19:30 - 21:30

The evening will be led by Ven. Ajahn Ahimsako from Amaravati Monastery, UK and will include a period of guided meditation, a Dhamma talk and the opportunity to ask questions.

Please note that the venue is different for the two evenings. Attendees can come for either of or both the evenings. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Fee: Donation is welcome to defray costs.
Booking: No booking is required. Just drop in.

Date: June 15th, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Venue: The Terenure Sports Club, 54 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6W
 
Date: June 28th, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Venue: Oscailt, 8 Pembroke Road, Dublin

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Ajahn Buddharakkhita is staying at Wat Thai Buddhist temple in Swords

We are glad to let you know that Ajahn Buddharakkhita is staying in Swords at Wat Thai Buddhist temple at the moment. You are welcome to visit him daily 10am to 1pm for traditional Buddhist chanting, food offering and conversation.

Address is: 38 Oaklands Avenue, Swords, Dublin.

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.

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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.

There will be no Weekly Medistaion Sit on Friday, April 1st. There will be sit on Friday, April 8th and so on.

Please note on the 15th and 29th of April instead of medsit there will be sessions of Daily Life Course with Noirin Sheahan (more info here). If you are attending the 15th - please attend the 29th as well.

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.

Buddhist Sunday School for Kids

Every alternate Sunday, 10:45 - 12:30

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 enrolment 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.

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