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


2-day Meditation Retreat with Dr. Shiro Bandara from London, UK

Saturday, February 7th - Sunday, February 8th, 2015, 9:30 - 17:30

The Noble Eightfold Path consists of 3 parts: Ethics (Sila), Concentration (Samadhi) and Wisdom (Panna). These three are the cardinal practices which when carefully and fully cultivated raise the practitioner from lower to higher states of mind, lead from darkness to light, from passion to dispassion, from turmoil to tranquillity. These three are integral parts of the Path, they are interdependent and inseparable. In essence they are one integrated training, which is seen in three aspects.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

Fee: 20 Euro per weekend (a few bursaries are available, please write in confidence to info@irishsanghatrust.ie to apply). The teaching itself is offered on free basis and neither the teacher nor organizers financially benefit from the course (the teacher and organizers are volunteers). The fee is used to cover the cost of running the event.

To book a place: Click here


Weekly Meditation Sit

Every Saturday, 18:00 - 20:00

Please note: sometimes due to a weekend retreat or other event there is no sit on Saturday. If you didn't come last Saturday and you did not sign up for IST mailing list - please check out this announcement few days before Saturday to make sure there is no cancellation for upcoming Saturday posted in red letters below. Also we send notification about cancellation to the mailing list.

There will be no sit on February 7th, 2015 - there will be a full day retreat on that day. More info here

Sit will happen on February 14th, 2015 and so on.

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

The schedule consists of traditional Theravada chanting (5 minutes), meditation (30-40 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.

Sunday School for Kids

The Irish Sangha Trust has been invited to initiate a Buddhist Sunday School for children. The first class took place on Sun 14th Oct 2012, and will continue approx. every 2 weeks.

<<More info>>