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.

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. .

Date: Sat 4th February 2012

Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. To see the map click here.

Time: 10am - 5pm (with a break for shared vegetarian lunch)

Places are limited, early booking is essential.

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Registration Fee: €10

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Teacher: Ven. Bhante Punnaratana :
Bhante Punnaratana comes from Sri Lanka and has lived in Germany since 1996. "Bhante" is an honorific title for a Buddhist monk and teacher of the Theravada tradition. His full name is Rath Punnaratana times. At ordination, a monk in Sri Lanka receives a new name. This includes the name of his place of birth and a Buddhist name. Rathmale is a small village in the province Kurunegale. Punna means in Pali "wholesome" and Ratana means "jewel". Bhante came from a nine-member family of farmers. At age 11 he was, at his own request, brought to the temple by his parents, to become a monk. There he became a student of Venerable Maha Thera Gunaratana Rathmale,  where he was educated for three years and received Dharma instruction. At 14 he was ordained as a novice. He attended various training schools in Sri Lanka. The most important teacher in his career was the Venerable Maha Thera Gunaratana. During this time started Bhante a widespread humanitarian organization to help children in Sri Lanka. He raised the money to expand the temple, taught and trained the children in Buddhist practice and urged them to perform social tasks. At the same time he began to study for a BA (Bachelor of Arts) at the University of Kelaniya. Then he took a teaching position at the Jayamaga Pirivena in Hingurakgoda. He continued his studies and graduated with an MA (Master of Arts)

Bhante currently trains monks and nuns at the pagoda in Pali, and at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He also worked as a lecturer in Sinhala. He taught Buddhist philosophy and religion in the context of the Buddhist University.














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