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.

Mindfulness Meditation retreat with Ven. Sr. Brahmavara

Saturday, September 21st - Sunday, September 22nd, 2013


Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Satipatth?na is a way of implementing the right mindfulness (samm?-sati) and, less directly, the right concentration (samm?-sam?dhi) parts of the Noble Eightfold Path. Satipatth?na meditation develops the mental factors of Vipassana (insight) and Samatha (concentration). Satipatth?na is practiced most often in the context of Theravada Buddhism although the principles are also practiced in many traditions of Buddhism which emphasize meditation such as the S?t? Zen tradition. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness provide the basic meditation manual, as taught by the Buddha.

Contemplation of the body (Kaya)

Contemplation of the feelings (Vedana)

Contemplation of the mind (Citta)

Contemplation of the mind objects (Dhamma)

(from Digha Nikaya 22, Majjhima Nikaya 10)

Retreat Information

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

Date:Sat 21st Sept - Sun 22nd Sept


Booking: Please click here or contact us at or call us at 087 2877837.. Dublin 6.

Fee: Donation basis.

Lunch: We will share a vegetarian lunch at about 12 noon on the Sat 21st and Sun 22nd , Sept. Please bring some food to share if you wish to join in.

Useful Information for this Retreat

(i) Registration -

- This retreat is offered on a donation basis as the teachings of the Buddha in the Theravadan tradition is available for free. In order to make a secure booking, please send us an email including your name and contact number or click here.

- Remember to pre-register before evening on the Friday preceding the retreat. Places are limited, early booking is essential. Please do not assume there will be space available at the last minute.

- Please click here to register

(ii) 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 themidday meal.  Refreshments, CDs and Dharma books are available for free. 


Dana for teacher: It is Theravadan Buddhist practice that monks/nuns don’t touch/use money. Any donation that we get for teaching will be transferred to the English Sangha Trust.

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.

 Ven Sr. Brahmavara- Amaravati Monastery,  UK.


Sister Brahmavara (Susan Pritchard) was born 6 August 1964 in Reading, England. She studied medicine at Sheffield University, trained as a doctor in Auckland, New Zealand and worked as a GP in Shropshire. She started meditating while she was a medical student under the guidance of SN Goenka and spent a few years in India at Goenka centres, studying Pali, sitting and serving on retreats. She came to live at Amaravati in October 2000 as a retreat centre manager but soon after arriving requested anag?rik? ordination. She ordained as a s?ladhar? in October 2004














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