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.

"Faith in Mind" Zen Meditation Retreat with Venerable Sister Jinho from Taiwan
Saturday, July 25th - Sunday, July 26th, 2015, 9:30 - 17:30

Based on teachings by The Third Patriarch Seng Ts'an and contemporary Chan Master Sheng-yen, Sister Jinho will lead practitioners to explore and try to find True Faith in their own Mind/Heart. 'True faith in mind is the belief grounded in realization that we have a fundamental, unmoving, unchanging mind. This mind is precisely Buddha mind.'

The retreat is combination of walking and sitting meditation with Dharma reflections. With a special evening walking meditation and sky gazing practice (weather permitting).

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 sit on July 24th. There is a weekend retreat on July 25th-26th. Please see more info here.

Sits will be happening this summer 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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