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 24th, 31st of March and the 7th of April 2017, 19:30 - 21:30

Noirin has been offering courses in Daily Life Dhamma at Satipanya Buddhist Center (Wales) for a number of years and now we are glad to have such courses taught in Dublin.

Noirin led a course in Daily Life Dhamma at IST in November focusing on the first three of the Four Noble Truths. This Spring Noirin will follow up with another course focusing on the Fourth Noble Truth.

During the course we will go through the notes prepared by Noirin and will do suggested exercises helping us to develop the Noble Eightfold Path both on and off the cushion. The meetings will include silent meditation practice and also time for discussion.

For more info and registration please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat "On the Level: Managing Mood and Emotion on Life's Roller Coaster" with Ven. Ajahn Dhammanando from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, April 22nd - Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Through the knowledge that peace is available to us, even under the most stressful of circumstances, we can learn not to attach to unhelpful reactions and unwholesome drives.

By staying in the present moment and by being fully open to life as it manifests, we can be in harmony with conditions, whether we like them or not. In doing this we put the Buddha's wisdom teaching into practice.

Then we can make use of our daily life experience as a gateway to deeper understanding.

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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.

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.

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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