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 with Sister Jinho: 'Calm Abiding' and 'Discourse on the 4 Realizations of the Awakened One'

Saturday, January 13th - Sunday, January 14th 2018

Saturday Half-day Retreat - On Calm Abiding

For everyone

In this retreat for beginners, Sister Jinho will introduce methods of calm abiding and invite participants to put the methods into practice during the retreat and bring it back to their life.

Sunday Half-day Retreat - On the 'Discourse on 4 Realizations of the Awakened One'

For intermediate experienced practicioners

The half day retreat is offered for intermediate experienced Dharma practitioners who would like to investigate and reflect on the Dharma collectively. There will be sitting meditation, mindful movement and discussion session. The retreat topic is on the four realizations of the Awaken One.

Retreat Information

Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

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

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 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 meditation sit on Friday, the 22nd of December and Friday, the 29th of December 2017 at 19:30 as usual.

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.

For more info 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.

For more info please click here

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