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.

Summer Series of One-Day Retreats with Chang Chun Fashi (Sr Jinho) and Guo Xing Fashi

July 20th - August 10th - August 17th

Please find below some information about these retreats. We will update this page with more information about location, retreat schedules, and registration links in the coming weeks:

  • Dates:
    • July 20th
    • August 10th
    • August 17th
  • Time:
    • 10 am - 5 pm

Chang Chun Fashi (Sr. Jinho)
Chang Chun Fashi (previously known as Sr. Jinho) has been an ordained nun in the Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhist tradition for over 20 years. She was ordained by the late Chan Master Sheng-Yen in Dharma Drum Mountain monastery, Taiwan. For the last 10 years she has mostly lived in Europe. She has the role of Buddhist Chaplain in Bristol University in the UK where, for many years, she has led meditation groups and offered spiritual guidance to students and others in the surrounding area. During this time she has taught in many places across Europe, including Ireland, Germany, U.K., and Russia. She has a long-standing association with the Irish Buddhist community and has come to Ireland annually for more than 10 years to teach various retreats and events here. She is known for her creative and compassionate approach to teaching and always has energy for new projects to bring people together in the Dharma. She has recently took the full ordination ceremony as a Bhikkhuni.
 
Guo Xing Fashi

Guo Xing Fashi embarked on learning Chan meditation while researching the Church-State Relationship in Mexico during her Master's degree studies in Latin American Studies. Since then, she has actively engaged in retreats led by Master Sheng Yen. She was tonsured under Master Sheng Yen in 1999. Following the completion of Dharma Drum Mountain, the DDM monastic community recommended her to pursue a doctoral degree to further DDM’s dedication to the higher education of Buddhism. She obtained a second Master's degree in Religious Studies from Columbia University in 2010, followed by a Ph.D. from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in 2018. Her research centers on themes associated with Chan Master Hongzhi Zhengue, as encouraged by Master Sheng Yen, who urged her to explore the teachings of both Chan Master Hongzhi and his own Silent Illumination Chan. Currently, she serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Buddhist Studies at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts.

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