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.

Upcoming events

Here is the list of our upcoming events.

Weekend Meditation Retreat with Sister Jinho: Day 1 on Death and Dying, Day 2 on Life and Living

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

Day 1: Death and dying / Day 2: Life and living 

I always wonder why we prepare for nearly everything we do in our life but we don’t prepare for death as it is one thing we all have to encounter sooner or later. How do we prepare for our death or do we need to prepare for it when we are young and ‘seemingly far from it’?

Do you also wonder?

After resolving his doubts about birth and death, Chan Master Hanshan Deqing (1546–1623) wrote this verse:

Death and birth, day and night,

Water flows, flowers wither;

It's only now I know,

These nostrils point downward.

Enlightened people cast aside thoughts of one’s life and death and treat living and dying equally – there is living and there is death, and both are natural phenomena.

Life and death are like flowing water which courses without rest, never stopping in one place. From birth to death there is never a moment of complete stillness in one’s life. Life and death are ordinary like natural phenomena, just as people’s noses point downward, never changing and the same everywhere. Therefore, looking at life with an ordinary mind, life and death should be a common thing: there is no need to covet life and fear death, and by the same token, there is no need to wish for death. If you’re able to survive, of course you should continue living; and when it is time to die, just welcome dying!

Sounds easy but are we able to do it?

We can start from attending a weekend retreat to familiar ourselves to the concept and to practice it.

This retreat is a chance for us to explore how to prepare our own death and to live our life to the full.

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

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.

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