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.

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.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Retreat includes practice of sitting, walking and standing meditation (both guided and non-guided), mindfulness, Dhamma talks which cover many aspects of the Threefold training as well as elements of vipassana (practice of insight), Dhamma discussions and personal guidance.

This retreat is the third one in series of retreats led by Dr. Shiro Bandara (London, UK). Series consists of 6 2-day non-residential retreats continuing through the first half of 2015 at Irish Sangha Trust (Ranelagh, Dublin 6).

Please feel free to register for any retreat of the series. There is no requirement to attend all of them or attend from the start.

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer by helping to prepare the place for the retreat on Saturday morning (will need to come approx. 1 hour earlier) and clean up on Saturday and Sunday evenings (usually takes 20 min).

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

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

Time: 9:30 - 17:30

Fee: 20 Euro per weekend (a few bursaries are available, please write in confidence to 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.

Lunch: We will share a vegetarian lunch at about 12 noon on both days. Please bring some food to share if you wish to join in. 

Places are limited, early registration is essential.

Registration: please click here (or contact us at

  • In order to make a secure booking, please complete the online booking form.
  • Remember to pre-register before evening on the Friday preceding the retreat. Please do not assume there will be space available at the last minute.

On the day:

  • Please be seated in the meditation hall at least 5 minutes before the session. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Dressing in layers is also a good idea.
  • Please bring some food for a shared vegetarian lunch, if you wish to join us for the midday meal. 
  • Refreshments, CDs and Dharma books are available for free distribution.

Dana (Donation)

Dana to Irish Sangha Trust (IST). Any donation made to the IST will be used to cover the cost of the retreat. The organizers of IST are volunteers and do not financially benefit from the IST funds.














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