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 "Mindfulness a Gate to Freedom" with Ajahn Metta from UK

Saturday, December 10th - Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Mindfulness is a key quality in Buddhist practice and by practicing rightly, it can turn our attention towards liberating insights.

When we practice with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, we learn to use tools and methods that help us to navigate through difficult times and experiences we encounter in our lives.

During this weekend we will look into the different aspects of Buddhist teachings on mindfulness. We will focus on finding ways to cultivate mindful awareness not only in our formal meditation practice but also in everyday life situations.

How can I bring awareness into relationships at work, with my family, friends and last but not least with myself?

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

IST Christmas Dinner

Friday, the 16th of December 2016, 19:00

We would like to invite you to our alternative IST Christmas dinner (alcohol-free and meat-free).

This will be a relatively informal evening, starting with a 15-minute silent meditation followed by a shared vegetarian meal. Please bring pre-prepared food to share as usual, with non-alcoholic drinks. All festive offerings are welcome! This is a social event that we host annually to give people the opportunity to meet and chat with spiritual friends.

We will take the opportunity to let you know what we have planned for 2017 and to listen to any suggestions and feedback you may have.

Registration: please click here (or contact us at

  • In order to make a secure booking, please complete the online booking form.

Date and time: Friday, the 16th of December 2016, 19:00

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

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:

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

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 the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of November instead of Weekly Meditation Sit there will be Daily Life Course taught by Noirin Sheahan. More info and registration here.

On the 2nd of December the meditation sit will be led by Ajahn Buddharakkhita.

On the 9th of December the meditation sit will be led by Ajahn Metta. She also teaches a retreat at IST that weekend. More info and registration here.

On the 16th of December 19:00 instead of the meditation sit there will be IST Christmas Dinner to which everyone is welcome. More info and registration here.

On the 23rd of December the meditation sit will be led by Ajahn Buddharakkhita.

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

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

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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