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.
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.
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.
There will be a practice of Noble Silence which means not engaging in any talk with others to support inner contemplation.
The Eight Precepts are a practice of harmlessness and mindfulness that retreatants are asked to undertake during the retreat.
The Precepts are:
1. Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
2. Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not given.
3. Chastity: refraining from any sexual activity.
4. Right Speech: Noble Silence during the retreat
5. Sobriety: not taking any intoxicating drinks or drugs.
6. Renunciation: not eating after 1.00pm.
7. Restraint: not wearing make-up, jewelry or immodest clothing; not playing radios, music tapes or musical instruments. Not using mobile phones or the Internet unless in an emergency.
8. Alertness: to refrain from overindulgence in sleep.
Venue: Ranelagh, Dublin 6. See map and directions here.
Date: Saturday, January 14th - Sunday, January 15th, 2017
Time: 9:30 - 17:30
Fee: Donation basis
Lunch: We will share a vegetarian lunch at about 12 noon on both days. Please bring some food to offer as dana if you wish to join in.
Places are limited, early registration is essential.
Registration: please click here (or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
On the day:
Dana for the teacher. It is Theravadan Buddhist practice that monks and nuns don’t touch/use money. Any donation for the teaching will be transferred to volunteer organization which supports Ajahn Metta in UK.
On event day there will be opportunity to donate for the teaching andor to IST. Donation baskets will be located on the table with Dhamma books (which are available for free).
The teaching itself is offered on free basis, all organizers and teachers are volunteers and do not financially benefit from IST events. Fees are used solely to cover the cost of running events.