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 "The Calm Amid the Storm" with Ajahn Dhammanando from Amaravati (UK)

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

Our emotional life sometimes seems to be totally beyond our control. Trying, through will power, to exert control over powerful emotions does not guarantee success.  In fact a hastily-constructed dam often bursts, with unpredictable results. Learning to access our inner stillness, offering a perspective from which to view disturbing emotions, can help to open up a path of practice, which in its fully developed form, offers us a route to transcendence.

Retreat Information

Venue: Seraph, 15 Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8 (near Camden Street) Map (http://www.seraph.ie/)

Time: 9.00am (for 9:30am start) - 5.00pm

Fee: No fees - Anonymous donations only. Suggested donation to IST: €30 for both days.

Registration: Please register here (or contact us at info@irishsanghatrust.ie)

Please note: it is not possible to register only for 1 or 1.5 day of this retreat. We kindly ask you to attend both days.

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 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.

For more info please click here

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