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 "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.

Right View is the first part of The Noble Eightfold Path and there are two types of it. Mundane right view is having an intellectual understanding of the four noble truths, the law of kamma and dependent origination. Supramundane right view would come from understanding these based on an experiential basis and would come from someone who has entered the stream and so has abandoned the first three fetters of defilements and reduced the suffering substantially.

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

This retreat is suitable for experienced practitioners and can be suitable for beginners as well, while there will be longer silent meditation sessions and study/discussion of Buddhist scriptures.

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 first weekend of the 2-weekend course led by Dr. Shiro Bandara in Dublin in Autumn 2016.

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.

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

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

Time: 9:30 - 17:30

Fee: 30 Euro for 2 days, 20 Euro for 1 day (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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