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.

Completed events

Here is the list of events we organized in the past.

Friday Meditation Sit (July 14th, 2017) led by Sunone Leong from Malaysia: 'The power of the aggregates'

Friday, July 14th

Sunone Leong is an experienced traveling meditation teacher, who has undergone five years intensive meditation training with Burmese teachers. We are looking forward to spending the evening meditating and discussing with Sunone. 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.

For more info please click here

Sunday Meditation Retreat with Ven Sr. Jinho: 'Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings (part 1)'

Sunday, July 9th 2017

Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings (part 1)

The retreat day teaching will be reflecting on the Discourse of the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings:

The First Realization is the awareness that the world is impermanent.

The Second Realization is the awareness that more desire brings more suffering.

The Third Realization is the awareness that the human mind is always searching outside itself and never feels fulfilled.

The Fourth Realization is the awareness that indolence is an obstacle to practice.

Ven. Jinho took ordination in the Chinese Chan (Zen) tradition with Master Sheng Yen in 2000, training intensively in the Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery in Taiwan for six years. Meanwhile, she studied at the Dharma Drum Buddhist University for four years, majoring in Buddhist doctrines, Vinaya (Buddhist precepts) and Chan practice. She arrived in England in 2007 and and wrote a dissertation on Buddhist monasticism in Britain with the University of Bristol.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

Fee: Donation basis (suggested donation: €20).

For more info and to book a place please click here

Dhamma evening (meditation and Dhamma talk) with Luang Por Tiradhammo

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, 19:30 - 21:30

With more than 40 vassa (years as a monk), Ajahn Tiradhammo is one of the most senior monks in the tradition of Ajahn Chah. He became interested in Dhamma in his student years while travelling through Sri Lanka. Going to Thailand and meditating at Wat Umong, he took ordination at Wat MMeung Man in Chiang Maiwith Venerable Tong in 1974.

In 1975 he moved to study with Ajahn Chah at Wat Pa Pong and Wat Pa Nanachat. He went on several tudong journeys through the Northeast of Thailand and the mountains of Chiang Mai, visiting many famous forest meditation masters.

Venerable Tiradhammo was invited to England in 1982 to help with developments there. He spent two years at Chithurst Monastery, and three years in charge of Harnham Vihara in Northumberland. In 1988 he helped establish Dhammapala Monastery near Bern, Switzerland and also later at its new location in the Bernese Alpine village of Kandersteg where he was the senior monk until 2005. In July 2005 he assumed the position of senior monk at Bodhinyanarama, Wellington, NZ where he remained as abbot for six and a half years.

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Friday Meditation Sit (June 9th, 2017) led by Ajahn Metta from Germany

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Ajahn Metta was born 1953 in Germany and has been a Siladhara (nun) in the Theravada tradition for more than 20 years. She lived at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monasteries in England, which are part of the Thai Forest Sangha of Ajahn Chah. She is one of the senior nuns and has been teaching in Europe and the US for several years.

The evening will consist of guided meditation, Dhamma reflectiontalk, Q&A and discussion. The event is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners.

For more info please click here

Friday Meditation Sit (May 26th, 2017): Meditation led by Sunone Leong from Malaysia

Friday, May 26th

Sunone Leong is an experienced traveling meditation teacher, who has undergone five years intensive meditation training with Burmese teachers, and is good friend to the IST. We are looking forward to spending the evening meditating and discussing with Sunone. 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.

For more info please click here

Friday Meditation Sit (May 19th, 2017): Meditation led by Sunone Leong from Malaysia

Friday, May 19th

Sunone Leong is an experienced traveling meditation teacher, who has undergone five years intensive meditation training with Burmese teachers, and is good friend to the IST. We are looking forward to spending the evening meditating and discussing with Sunone. 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.

For more info please click here

"Friends on the path" Meditation Sit

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 (9:30am-5:30pm)

At "Friends on the Path" meditation sits you can get to know like-minded people and make spiritual friends on the path. These events provide an opportunity for both beginners and regular meditators to meet and share ideas and experience with each other. Group meditation sits are very supportive and helpful in establishing and maintaining a regular meditation practice. The day will be organized around periods of sitting, dhamma talks, discussions and a shared vegetarian lunch.

For more info 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.

For more info please click here

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 with Ven St Jinho: 'For the Love of the World, Others and the Self'

Saturday, January 14th - Sunday, January 15th 2017

In the fresh New Year, we invite practioners to join us for a weekend on cultivating Love. 

'When we consider the fragile and fleeting biosphere and political system that we live in, these changes we are seeing and experiencing all around us can easily lead us to a lot of confusion and fear...

However, things also have a tendency to create their opposites: times of war can give rise to occasions of unparalleled kindness, painful losses can lead to liberating wisdom, and oppression can be a cause for ocean-like compassion. In a similar way the current stressful times are giving rise to resources to help us deal with that very stress.'

(Excerpt From: Amaro, Ajahn. “For the Love of the World.” Amaravati Publications, 2013-12-20.)

Inspired by Ajahn Amaro's book, Sister Jinho will lead practioners to reflect on the concepts of the World, others and self, to explore ways of finding and cultivating Love for the World, others and the self. 

Then putting Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha into practice and action in personal daily life. 

In this weekend retreat, we will practice observing noble silence and the five precepts with sitting and waking meditations. 

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

For more info and to book a place please click here

IST Christmas Dinner

Friday, the 16th of December 2016, 19:00

We would like to invite you to our alternative IST Christmas dinner (alcohol-free and meat-free).

This will be a relatively informal evening, starting with a 15-minute silent meditation followed by a shared vegetarian meal. Please bring pre-prepared food to share as usual, with non-alcoholic drinks. All festive offerings are welcome! This is a social event that we host annually to give people the opportunity to meet and chat with spiritual friends.

We will take the opportunity to let you know what we have planned for 2017 and to listen to any suggestions and feedback you may have.

Registration: please click here (or contact us at info@irishsanghatrust.ie)

  • In order to make a secure booking, please complete the online booking form.

Date and time: Friday, the 16th of December 2016, 19:00

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

Weekend Meditation Retreat "Mindfulness a Gate to Freedom" with Ajahn Metta from UK

Saturday, December 10th - Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Mindfulness is a key quality in Buddhist practice and by practicing rightly, it can turn our attention towards liberating insights.

When we practice with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, we learn to use tools and methods that help us to navigate through difficult times and experiences we encounter in our lives.

During this weekend we will look into the different aspects of Buddhist teachings on mindfulness. We will focus on finding ways to cultivate mindful awareness not only in our formal meditation practice but also in everyday life situations.

How can I bring awareness into relationships at work, with my family, friends and last but not least with myself?

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

For more info and to book a place please click here

Daily Life Course with Noirin Sheahan

Friday, the 4nd, 11th, 18th and 25th of November 2016, 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 will lead a course in Daily Life Dhamma in November (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) focusing on the first three of the Four Noble Truths. Then in Spring 2017, there will a follow-up course focusing on the Fourth Noble Truth. Noirin will prepare notes and suggested exercises to help us recognize these truths as they manifest in our experience both on and off the cushion. The meetings will include silent meditation practice as usual and also time for discussion. 

For more info and registration please click here

2-day Meditation Retreat "Noble Right View - Mundane and Supramundane" (weekend 1) with Dr. Shiro Bandara from London, UK

Saturday, October 8th - Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The Noble Eightfold Path is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, who described it as the way leading to the cessation of suffering and the achievement of self-awakening. It is used to develop insight into the true nature of reality.

During the retreat we will learn and excel practical skills of applying teachings of the Buddha to dealing with and resolving life situations in a more mindful, kind and wise way.

For more info please click here

Mindful Time Management in Modern Life

Sunday, September 25th 2016

Mindfulness is the lucid presence of our Mind/Heart, simply, effortlessly, noticing the way life is. This dynamic state of natural attention, deep and direct awareness of the present moment, is our innate capacity for living and for mindful time management. 

Through our inner power and awareness, we can discover and sustain the balance and well being of our body and mind. Furthermore, we can use mindfulness to adjust the way we use our time and to live our life in meaningful, relaxed but efficient way.

A few sessions will be spent on Principles of mindful time management and guided reflections on personal time management model.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

For more info and to book a place please click here

Daily Life Course with Noirin Sheahan

Friday, the 2nd, 9th and 16th of September 2016, 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 course taught in Dublin.

The September course will run for three weeks on Friday evenings and will focus on the Brahma Vihara (goodwill, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity). Noirin will prepare notes and suggested exercises for practising with these both on and off the cushion. The sessions will include silent meditation practice and time for discussion on Brahma Vihara practice in meditation and daily life.

For more info and registration please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat "Dealing With Change" with Ven. Ajahn Brahmavara from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, July 2nd - Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

"What is truth? You are cordially invited to a weekend of inquiry and investigation into reality, guided by the teachings of the Buddha, who offered us a comprehensive map of the terrain.

Using the Buddha’s teachings (Dhamma) into the nature of reality, we can apply them to our own experience and develop insight into the way things are. And experience for ourselves the benefits of getting real.

Ajahn Brahmavara will offer guidance and teachings during the weekend of meditation and we will also have the chance to enjoy the blessing of sharing stillness and silence.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

For more info and to book a place please click here

Guided Meditation and Dhamma Talk Evenings with Ven. Ajahn Ahimsako from Amaravati Monastery, UK

Wednesday, June 15th and Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, 19:30 - 21:30

The evening will be led by Ven. Ajahn Ahimsako from Amaravati Monastery, UK and will include a period of guided meditation, a Dhamma talk and the opportunity to ask questions.

Please note that the venue is different for the two evenings. Attendees can come for either of or both the evenings. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Fee: Donation is welcome to defray costs.
Booking: No booking is required. Just drop in.

Date: June 15th, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Venue: The Terenure Sports Club, 54 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6W
 
Date: June 28th, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Venue: Oscailt, 8 Pembroke Road, Dublin

For more info please click here

Meditationally Blissed Summer Retreat with Ajahn Buddharakkhita

Saturday, May 28th - Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Please join us at the Irish Sangha Trust for a weekend full of loving kindness, compassion and appreciative joy. Take mindful steps to peace and happiness. Whether beginner or mature in the art of meditation, you are welcome to come and practice with a circle of friends.

Ajahn Buddharakkhita a very experienced teacher in the Theravada Forest Tradition will lead guided samatha and vipassana meditation sessions. His instructions and discussion will give the opportunity to solve difficulties faced in meditation and develop practice further.

For more info and to book a place please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat, 'Confusion and Fear - my good friends' with Ven. Ajahn Dhammanando from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, April 23th - Sunday, April 24th, 2016

In any human life there are moments when it is possible to feel overshadowed or overwhelmed and at a loss as to the right course to take. The obstacles that confront us may appear to us insurmountable and the challenges we face so daunting as to be beyond our powers. People can be so conscious of their own weaknesses that they become paralysed with fear. Or perhaps much of their existence is already dogged by fear, in any case.

Confusion and fear are mind states common to all human beings and present throughout the animal realm. Even the Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be, by his own admission, experienced fear and dread.

As we deepen our meditation practice and as we come to better understand the Dhamma, so such states of mind can be properly known, related to and understood. It is our reluctance to know them for what they really are which enhances their power.

Through this practice we can start to cultivate deeper compassion both for ourselves and for others. In addition we can cultivate the wisdom necessary to see that such states of mind are not our true self but that they come and go according to conditions.

Once we see things clearly with Right Understanding, we can naturally feel more at ease and are better able to cope in a world of constant change.

We can “come home”.

For more info please click here

Daily Life Course with Noirin Sheahan

Friday, the 15th and 29th of April 2016, 19:30

Noirin has been offering courses in Daily Life Dhamma at Satipanya for a number of years and now hopes to offer similar courses for those who attend IST meetings. We are planning a trial two-week course in April and, depending on how this goes, to have a 5-week course later in the year.

Those who have taken part in these courses at Satipanya have found it helps vitalize their practice. Each moment of ordinary life can be a Dhamma teaching. Sharing experience with others is an important aspect of this – speaking about experience usually helps clarify it for ourselves. Also people learn from each other’s successes and pitfalls. Taking part in a course helps deepen the sense of Sangha – the human face of the Dhamma.
Think about whether you could commit to a course during the last two weeks of April.

For more info please click here

Mindfulness Healing Retreat II: Family, Work, Environment

Saturday, March 12th - Sunday, March 13th 2016

 
How can we discover our strength to heal our family, company and mother earth? 
 
In this retreat, Sister Jinho will lead practitioners to sit still in order to investigate and discover one's inner strength of healing. 
 
She will share how practitioners can live mindfully and how to carry mindfulness into their daily life so they can find their own healing power to heal their family, company and the Earth. Simplicity is the Way of Life and Healing. 

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

For more info and to book a place please click here

Beginners Zen Retreat with Venerable Sister Jinho

Saturday, February 27th - Sunday, February 28th 2016

 
This retreat, led by Venerable Sister Jinho, will involve:
 
1. Introduction to meditation.
2. Methods of mediation practice.
3. Guidance on spiritual practice at work.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

For more info and to book a place please click here

Mindfulness Healing Retreat I: mind, body, spirit

Saturday, February 13th - Sunday, February 14th 2016

How can we heal our body and mind? 
Where does healing power come from?  
 
Based on her personal experience, Sister Jinho will share concepts and methods of how to heal oneself through mindful practice. 
In this retreat, she will lead practitioners to reach their inner peace and explore their own healing power. 
Simplicity is the Way.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

For more info and to book a place please click here

"Friends on the path" Meditation Sit with Noirin Sheahan

Saturday, January 16th, 2016, 9:30 - 13:00

At "Friends on the Path" meditation sits you can get to know like-minded people and make spiritual friends on the path. These events provide an opportunity for both beginners and regular meditators to meet and share ideas and experience with each other. A sit involving a Dharma talk, discussion and guided meditation lasts about 2 hours, followed by a shared vegetarian lunch. Group meditation sits are very supportive and helpful in establishing and maintaining a regular meditation practice.

This time the sit will be led by Noirin Sheahan, more info about the teacher here: http://www.satipanya.org.uk/teacher/noirin-sheahan/.

For more info please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat "Awaken the force of your Heart" with Ajahn Buddharakkhita from Tipperary

Saturday, December 19th - Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Please join us at the Irish Sangha Trust for a weekend full of loving kindness, compassion and appreciative joy. Take mindful steps to peace and happiness. Whether beginner or mature in the art of meditation, you are welcome to come and practice with a circle of friends.

Ajahn Buddharakkhita a very experienced teacher in the Theravada Forest Tradition will lead guided samatha and vipassana meditation sessions. His instructions and discussion will give the opportunity to solve difficulties faced in meditation and develop practice further.

Join us this weekend to cultivate a heart brimming in genuine festive Christmas Joy. It will be the greatest gift to yourself and the world.

For more info and to book a place please 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.

For more info and to book a place please 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.

For more info please click here

Insight Dialogue Meditation Retreat with Bhante Sukhacitto

Saturday, September 26th - Sunday, September 27th, 2015

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.

For more info please click here

Mindful Relationship Reflection Workshop with Venerable Sister Jinho from Taiwan

Saturday, August 29th - Sunday, August 30th, 2015

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?"

For more info please click here

"Faith in Mind" Zen Meditation Retreat with Venerable Sister Jinho from Taiwan

Saturday, July 25th - Sunday, July 26th, 2015

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.'

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

Saturday, June 13th - Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The Noble Eightfold Path is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, who described it as the way leading to the cessation of suffering and the achievement of self-awakening. It is used to develop insight into the true nature of reality.

During the retreat we will learn and excel practical skills of applying teachings of the Buddha to dealing with and resolving life situations in a more mindful, kind and wise way.

For more info please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat on Skills in Awakening with Ven. Ajahn Dhammanando from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, April 25th - Sunday, April 26th, 2015

When we talk about "Awakening" it means to awaken to the Truth of how things are, in other words, to Reality. This is the goal. Habitually our minds are snared in ignorance and delusion and it is difficult for us to see clearly beyond our personal biases, preferences and character tendencies. Through calming the mind and through investigating our inner world there is a possibility for greater clarity and more wisdom to arise in how we understand both ourselves and others. Such an understanding is the basis for more freedom.

For more info please click here

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

Saturday, March 21st - Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

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.

For more info please click here

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

Saturday, February 7th - Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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.

For more info please click here

Zen Meditation Retreat on "Contemplating Mind" by Master Han Shang Te Ch'ing (1546-1623) with Venerable Sister Jinho from Taiwan

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 and Saturday, January 17th, 2015

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. It is possible to attend one day only or both days.

During the day there will be sessions of sitting, walking and standing meditation (both guided and non-guided), mindful eating, Dharma reflection. All sessions will be led by Ven. Jinho.

For more info please click here

"Buddhism: not so much a religion as a way of life." Dhamma evening (meditation and Dhamma talk) with Luang Por Tiradhammo

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Now with 40 vassa (years as a monk), Ajahn Tiradhammo is one of the most senior monks in the tradition of Ajahn Chah. He became interested in Dhamma in his student years while travelling through Sri Lanka. Going to Thailand and meditating at Wat Umong, he took ordination at Wat MMeung Man in Chiang Maiwith Venerable Tong in 1974.

In 1975 he moved to study with Ajahn Chah at Wat Pa Pong and Wat Pa Nanachat. He went on several tudong journeys through the Northeast of Thailand and the mountains of Chiang Mai, visiting many famous forest meditation masters.

Venerable Tiradhammo was invited to England in 1982 to help with developments there. He spent two years at Chithurst Monastery, and three years in charge of Harnham Vihara in Northumberland. In 1988 he helped establish Dhammapala Monastery near Bern, Switzerland and also later at its new location in the Bernese Alpine village of Kandersteg where he was the senior monk until 2005. In July 2005 he assumed the position of senior monk at Bodhinyanarama, Wellington, NZ where he remained as abbot for six and a half years. He is currently of no fixed abode.

For more info please click here

Session 1 of Progressive Course "Sila, Samadhi and Panna in Practice" with Dr. Shiro Bandara from London, UK

Saturday, November 15th - Sunday, November 16th, 2014, 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.

For more info please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat with Sister Brahmavara

Saturday, October 18th - Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The theme which will be explored during this retreat is "What is Freedom?". Please consider this simple question prior to the retreat time.

Various ways in which the Buddha spoke about the fetters, the wildernesses of the mind, and the shackles of the heart will be covered during this weekend.

For more info please click here

"Friends on the path" Meditation Sit

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

We at the Irish Sangha Trust  host regular meditation sits for "Friends on the Path", where you can get to know like-minded people and make spiritual friends on the path. These events provide an opportunity for both beginners and regular meditators to meet and share ideas and experience with each other. A sit involving a Dharma talk, discussion and guided meditation lasts about 2 hours, followed by a shared vegetarian lunch. Group meditation sits are very supportive and helpful in establishing and maintaining a regular meditation practice.

For more info please click here

Meditation Retreat on Nibbana Dhamma with Dr. Lalith Ranathunga from Australia

Wednesday, June 11th - Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The core of the Buddhist teaching is centered around liberating the mind from attachment, aversion and ignorance, or in other words around attaining Nibbana.

"Those who have neglected the Noble Eightfold Path have neglected  the noble path leading to the complete destruction of suffering. Those who have undertaken the Noble Eightfold Path have undertaken the noble path leading to the complete destruction of suffering." (Connected Discourses of the Buddha - Maggasamyutta)

This retreat is focused on an ancient meditation technique based on the Noble Eightfold Path.

For more info please click here

Insight Dialogue Meditation Retreat "Power and Challenge of Meditating Together" with Ven. Bhante Sukhacitto

Saturday, May 17th - Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Insight Dialogue (ID) is an interpersonal meditation practice. Based in Vipassana meditation, it brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others through dialogue. In the practice we will be introduced step-by-step into the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and will be guided into contemplation. Dhamma reflections and time for sharing and Q & A will be provided.

For more info please click here

Weekend Meditation Retreat on Skills in Awakening with Ven. Ajahn Dhammanando from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, April 26th - Sunday, April 27th, 2014

When we talk about "Awakening" it means to awaken to the Truth of how things are, in other words, to Reality. This is the goal. Habitually our minds are snared in ignorance and delusion and it is difficult for us to see clearly beyond our personal biases, preferences and character tendencies. Through calming the mind and through investigating our inner world there is a possibility for greater clarity and more wisdom to arise in how we understand both ourselves and others. Such an understanding is the basis for more freedom.

For more info please click here

"Friends on the path" Meditation Sit

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

We at the Irish Sangha Trust  host regular meditation sits for "Friends on the Path", where you can get to know like-minded people and make spiritual friends on the path. These events provide an opportunity for both beginners and regular meditators to meet and share ideas and experience with each other. A sit involving a Dharma talk, discussion and guided meditation lasts about 2 hours, followed by a shared vegetarian lunch. Group meditation sits are very supportive and helpful in establishing and maintaining a regular meditation practice.

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Weekend Meditation Retreat on the Insight (Vipassana) with Ven. Assaji from London, UK

Saturday, February 8th - Sunday, February 9th, 2014

The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path can be divided into the categories of precepts, meditation and wisdom. So the path of practice in Buddhism involves the Three Vehicles of Learning. By following the precepts we learn to control the body and mind and have peace in our lives. Through meditation we learn to calm and unify the mind. Wisdom is attained by the practice of the above two and through this wisdom all ignorance and passions are cut off and true state of Enlightenment is then realized.

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Meditation Retreat on The Noble Eightfold Path with Dr. Shiro Bandara from London, UK

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Within the Fourth Noble Truth is found the guide to the end of suffering: the Noble Eightfold Path. The eight parts of the path to liberation are grouped into three essential elements of Buddhist practice-moral conduct (Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood); mental discipline (Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration); and wisdom (Right Understanding, Right Thought)

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Mindfulness Meditation retreat with Ven. Sr. Brahmavara

Saturday, September 21st - Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Satipatth?na is a way of implementing the right mindfulness (samm?-sati) and, less directly, the right concentration (samm?-sam?dhi) parts of the Noble Eightfold Path. Satipatth?na meditation develops the mental factors of Vipassana (insight) and Samatha (concentration). Satipatth?na is practiced most often in the context of Theravada Buddhism although the principles are also practiced in many traditions of Buddhism which emphasize meditation such as the S?t? Zen tradition. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness provide the basic meditation manual, as taught by the Buddha.

Contemplation of the body (Kaya)

Contemplation of the feelings (Vedana)

Contemplation of the mind (Citta)

Contemplation of the mind objects (Dhamma)

(from Digha Nikaya 22, Majjhima Nikaya 10)

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"Friends on the path" Meditation Sit

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

We at the Irish Sangha Trust  host regular meditation sits for "Friends on the Path", where you can get to know like-minded people and make spiritual friends on the path. These events provide an opportunity for both beginners and regular meditators to meet and share ideas and experience with each other. A sit involving a Dharma talk, discussion and guided meditation lasts about 2 hours, followed by a shared vegetarian lunch. Group meditation sits are very supportive and helpful in establishing and maintaining a regular meditation practice.

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Evening Dhamma talk and Meditation with Venerable Amaranatho

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The evening will focus on the practice of meditation and a talk on Dhamma. The workshop will be led by Venerable Amaranatho.

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Insight Meditation Retreat with Ven. Yasavati Sayalay

Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd 2013

Vipassana (Insight), which means to see things as they really are, is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterised by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.

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Dhamma Discussion Day with Ven. Yasavati Sayalay

Sunday, February 24th 2013

Everyone is invited to participate in this unique day with Sr. Yasavati, beginning at 10am and ending at 5.00 pm. The day will include meditation, Dhamma talk and Dhamma discussion led by Ven. Sr. Yasavati Sayalay.

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Insight Meditation Retreat with Ven. Ajahn Dhammanando from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, November 3rd - Sunday, November 4th, 2012

When we talk about "Awakening" it means to awaken to the Truth of how things are or, in other words, to Reality. This is the goal. Habitually our minds are snared in ignorance and delusion and it is difficult for us to see clearly beyond our personal biases, preferences and character tendencies. Through calming the mind and through investigating our inner world there is a possibility for greater clarity and more wisdom to arise in how we understand both ourselves and others. Such an understanding is the basis for more freedom.

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[Retreat in Sinhalese language] Dhamma Desana and Bhavana with Ven Ella Kusalagnana from Mahamewnava Monastery, Germany

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

This day-long retreat will mainly consist of practice of meditation, Dhamma discussion and puja. The retreat will be led by Ven Ella Kusalagnana from Mahamewnava Monastery, Germany.

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Guided Meditation and Dhamma Talk with Ven. Ajahn Karuniko from Cittaviveka Monastery, UK

The 18th of September 2012

The evening will focus on practice of meditation and a talk on Dhamma. The workshop will be led by Ven Ajahn Karuniko from Cittaviveka Monastery, UK and it is free of charge.

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Summer Retreat: "Being Present With What is..." with Ajahn Metta from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, July 14th - Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Practising mindfulness in all situations in life: there is no situation where we could not be mindful. We want to look into this during this weekend and practise with this in a formal way but also in everyday life situations...

Can I be mindful in conversation with others? What does is mean  to walk mindfully? How do I apply mindfulness in my meditation practice? Do I actually really want to be here, right now?  Lots of questions and situations to look deeper into...........

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Skills in Awakening - Meditation Retreat with Ven. Ajahn Dhammanando from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, May 12th - Sunday, May 13th, 2012

When we talk about "Awakening" it means to awaken to the Truth of how things or, in other words, to Reality. This is the goal. Habitually our minds are snared in ignorance and delusion and it is difficult for us to see clearly beyond our personal biases, preferences and character tendencies. Through calming the mind and through investigating our inner world there is a possibility for greater clarity and more wisdom to arise in how we understand both ourselves and others. Such an understanding is the basis for more freedom.

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Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Ven. Ajahn Ariyasilo from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, April 14th - Sunday, April 15rd, 2012

The purpose of mindfulness meditation is not to create a system of beliefs, but rather to give guidance on how to see clearly into the nature of the mind. In this way one gains first-hand understanding of the way things are, without reliance on opinions or theories - a direct experience, which has its own vitality. It also gives rise to the sense of deep calm that comes from knowing something for oneself, beyond any doubt.

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[Retreat in Sinhalese language] Dhamma Desana and Bhavana with Ven. Bhante Punnaratana Thero from Pagoda Path Hue Buddhist Monastery, Frankfurt, Germany

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

You are welcome to attend for the whole day or half of the day.

This program is organized by the Irish Sangha Trust. The aim of the Irish Sangha Trust is to foster Theravada Buddhist teaching and meditation practice within Ireland. We are a non-profit Buddhist organisation, funded entirely by voluntary donations.

Donations for teaching accepted. Places are limited, early booking is essential.

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Loving Kindness and Forgiveness Retreat with Ven. Bhante Punnaratana Thero from Pagoda Path Hue Buddhist Monastery, Frankfurt, Germany

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Loving-kindness is affection, care and love for others and oneself, without extreme attachment or controlling feelings. Practicing gratitude and forgiveness in everyday life is not easy. But as we cultivate these qualities more and more, we gain energy, strength, inner peace and contentment.

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Vispassana Insight Meditation Workshops with Sr. Yasavati Sayalay, based in Germany

5th November and 12th November 2011

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterised by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.

Sr Yasavati Sayalay was ordained in Pa Auk Tawya Meditation Center, Myanmar at 2004, under the 3rd Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, U Acinna, as ten precepts nun Yasavati.

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The Four Brahmaviharas - Loving Kindness Workshop with Ajahn Metta, Senior Nun at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK

Saturday, October 22nd - Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

  • Loving-kindness is affection, care and love for others and oneself, without extreme attachment or controlling feelings.
  • Compassion is developing an open heart that wishes for oneself and others to be free from suffering.
  • Sympathetic Joy is joy in the happiness and success of others.
  • Equanimity is learning to accept loss and gain, praise and blame, and success and failure, all with detachment, equally, for oneself and for others.

Developing these qualities brings the acceptance, joy, balance of mind and wisdom we need to respond to life's challenges with tranquillity and clarity of mind.

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