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.

Mindful Relationship Reflection Workshop with Venerable Sister Jinho from Taiwan
Saturday, August 29th - Sunday, August 30th, 2015, 9:30 - 17:30

This workshop is a combination of self-inquiry, sitting meditation, Dharma reflection and question and answer sessions.

Meditation develops mindfulness and awareness which allow to see things more clearly. It sharpens observation and opens up inner and outer world. With understanding of Dharma and practice the inner and outer are dissolved. Spaciousness and ease are revived in the heart, in relationship with oneself and others.

During the workshop we will explore questions such as:

"What is the nature of relationship?"

"What goes wrong in my relationship with others?"

"What is going on in my heart?"

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here.

To book a place: Click here.

Insight Dialogue Meditation Retreat with Bhante Sukhacitto
Saturday, September 26th - Sunday, September 27th, 2015, 9:30 - 17:30

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice based on Vipassana. It brings mindfulness and tranquility of silent meditation directly into our experience with other people. As humans, we are relational beings; as we begin to wake up, clarity and freedom can illuminate our relationships with others.

During the retreat participants will be guided to apply Insight Dialogue techniques and contemplations and will train to use them. There will be time for Dhamma reflections, sharings as well as Q&A.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Venue: To be confirmed (the event will be hosted in Dublin)

To book a place: Click here.

Foundation Meditation Workshops with Teacher Sunone from Malaysia
Sunday, October 4th and Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Sunone is an experienced traveling meditation teacher, who has undergone five years intensive meditation training with Burmese teachers, and is good friend to the IST. Due to suggestions and requests from many who have participated in Sunone's meditation sessions in Dublin, we have organized a foundation meditation workshop with her.

We are looking forward to spending two days with Sunone meditating and creating a harmonious relationship with our body and mind. It will be a great sharing and we are so happy to have the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of Sunone who studied in the monastery in Burma for many years.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here.

To book a place: Click here.

Weekend Meditation Retreat and Sutta Study "Mindfulness and Right Speech" with Ajahn Metta from UK
Saturday, November 28th - Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Right Speech is one of the Five Precepts of ethical conduct and a part of the Noble Eightfold Path. Speech is like a fire which can warm or burn, if used skillfully it can reduce suffering, if used unskillfully it will increase suffering. Being mindful about speech can help to make our relationship with other people and oneself more balanced, truthful and kind.

During Saturday Ajahn Metta will guide the group to meditate on Right Speech aspects. On Sunday we will continue to explore Right Speech by studying and discussing related suttas from Pali canon.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here.

To book a place: Click here.

Family Camp at Sunyata Buddhist Centre, Co. Clare

Wednesday, August 19th - Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

The Family Camp leaders will be Sister Jinho - camp master, Paul McNamee, Baiba Strazdina and other volunteers from the Sunyata Buddhist Centre.

This retreat will be an opportunity to spend time with your family in a mindful way and reflect on your practice in a supportive community environment.

The camp aims to create a friendly environment to practice Dharma and apply mindfulness methods in every day family life for families with children and young adults and also an opportunity to support and learn from each other, to explore how to apply the teachings of the Buddha and mindfulness as well as mind/heart practices for all family members. It is also a chance to rest and enjoy spending time together without the complications of the world. There will be lots of opportunities for parents to practice on their own, organized fun activities for children of different age groups, as well as shared daily practices.

Families of all ages, size and kind are welcome!

Camping facilities and dorm space available.

More info: here

Please support crowdfunding for filming documentary

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.

More info: 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 no meditation sit on August 21st.

On August 28th the sit will start at 19:00 (and not at 19:30), It will be led by Venerable Sister Jinho from Taiwan. There is a 2-day retreat that weekend: more info here.

On October 2nd and 9th the sit will start at 18:30 (and not at 19:30), It will be led by Meditation Teacher Sunone from Malaysia. There are 1-day retreats those weekends: more info here.

Sits will be happening this summer and autumn 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 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

Sunday School for Kids

We are offering a wonderful opportunity for children to learn Dhamma with our Sunday School. The learning of Dhamma would nurture your children to be more self aware, inculcate mindfulness and kindness in their daily life, be able to lead a happy and purposeful life and become a productive member of society. We have been running this school for 3 years now and the feedback we got from parents and children has been very positive.

For more info and enrollment click here

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