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

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

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

More details about the retreat will be confirmed at a later date.

For more info and to book a place please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat on Metta with Ayya Vimala from Tilorien Monastery (Belgium)

Saturday, October 27th - Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Metta is the unconditional loving-kindness that reaches out to encompass all beings. In metta meditation, we learn to be free from the shackles of selfishness that constrict our emotional capacity. This practical, step-by-step approach goes beyond mere words into a direct experience of boundless, universal love.

More details about the retreat will be confirmed at a later date.

For more info and to book a place please click here

Donating / Volunteering Opportunity: New Buddhist Monastery for Bhikkhunis Being Built in Belgium

Tilorian Buddhist Monastery was founded in April 2017 in the Belgian Ardennes. Since then, the monastics have lived in a tent and a tree-house. A building that will provide accomodation for the monastic Sangha, visiting lay people and a meditation room is presently being built.

There are several ways to support Tilorien Buddhist Monastery.

For more info please click here

Books to Borrow and Return: Bhikkhu Bodhi's 'In the Buddha's Words', an anthology of texts from the Pali Canon

IST acquired 2 copies of Bhikkhu Bodhi's 'In the Buddha Words', an anthology of texts from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught.

You can borrow this book for two weeks at a time: just ask us at any of our Friday meditation sits.

For more info please click here

Books to Borrow and Return: Ajahn Jayasaro's 'Stillness Flowing', the biography of Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Dhammanando kindly gave IST a copy of 'Stillness Flowing', a detailed biography of the famous Thai Forest teacher Luang Por Chah, written and edited by Ajahn Jayasaro and published in 2018.

You can borrow this book for three weeks at a time: just ask us at any of our Friday meditation sits.

For more info 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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