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.

April Friday Sits led by teachers

Friday, April 5th 2019, 19:30

We are delighted to announce that all our Friday sits in April will be led by visiting teachers:

April 5th: Ajahn Buddharakkhita
April 12th: Sunone Leong
April 19th: Sunone Leong
April 26th: Ajahn Dhammanando

For more info please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat 'Generosity and Gratitude - practising with a heart of kindness' with Metta

Saturday, May 11th - Sunday, May 12th, 2019

The quality of dana (generosity) has two aspects to it - giving and receiving.

When we look into how we could develop generosity, we probably see that the giving and receiving has to come from a heart that is open. It does not work well if it comes out of the sense of duty – 'I should give'. The practise of dana is a foundation for happiness, of living freely and cultivating an open heart of kindness. Dana and the cultivation of kindness is closely interlinked. With generosity we can explore how we can transform the heart in meeting ourselves and others as well as the world around us with a deeper sense of connection.

In one of his teachings, Bhikkhu Bodhi mentioned:

'The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one's humanity and one's capacity for self-transcendence'

In this sense we want to look during this weekend at our own experience and how we can cultivate this practise in our every-day-life, as well as in our formal practise.

For more info and to book a place please click here

Bhante Sujato in Dublin

Saturday, November 16th - Sunday, November 17th, 2019

We are delighted to welcome Bhante Sujato in Dublin this November.

Bhante will be visiting various places in Europe in November and December. His visit will be focused on the topic of  “Ancient words, present choices, future visions”.

The programme of Bhante's visit will be announced later on the website and in our Newsletter.

For more information on Bhante and this event 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.

New - Last Friday of the Month Tea & Chat:

On the last Friday of each month, the schedule is a bit different. After the meditation and a short Damma talk there will be time for the group to share a cup of tea and biscuits and have an informal friendly chat. Let us know if you like this new format!

 

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