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 "Awaken the force of your Heart" with Ajahn Buddharakkhita from Tipperary

Saturday, December 19th - Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Please join us at the Irish Sangha Trust for a weekend full of loving kindness, compassion and appreciative joy. Take mindful steps to peace and happiness. Whether beginner or mature in the art of meditation, you are welcome to come and practice with a circle of friends.

Ajahn Buddharakkhita a very experienced teacher in the Theravada Forest Tradition will lead guided samatha and vipassana meditation sessions. His instructions and discussion will give the opportunity to solve difficulties faced in meditation and develop practice further.

Join us this weekend to cultivate a heart briming in genuine festive Christmas Joy. It will be the greatest gift to yourself and the world.

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

Date: Saturday, December 19th - Sunday, December 20th, 2015

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 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 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 Buddharakkhita.

On event day there will be opportunity to donate for the teaching and/or 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 and donations are used solely to cover the cost of running events.

About the Teacher

Ajahn Buddharakkhita, born in 1970 in Ireland, is a Buddhist teacher with more than 8 years of monkhood in the Theravada Forest Tradition. A self-interest in meditation began at 12, developed while studying a BSc and PhD in Science at University College Dublin and a Diploma in Buddhism at ITBMU Yangon. He has spent almost 20 years working and practicing in Asia and Australia. He has practiced extensively in lay life as well as a full-time yogi prior to first robing in 2006. He completed 5 years monastic training under Ajahn Brahm and has practiced many years under numerous Asian masters, Sayadaws U Pandita, U Kundala, U Tejaniya & Ven Dhammajiva.

Venerable Buddharakkhita is a very experienced monk and meditation teacher. He is skillful in making the Buddha's teachings easy to understand, applicable in one's daily life and go straight to the heart. He has been teaching a range of samatha & vipassana meditations on numerous retreats in Australia, Singapore and throughout Malaysia since 2008.

His innovative and creative guided meditation teaching style along with inclusive and open group dialogs, connects meditative practices with the daily life of children, youth, prisoners, workers, chronically ill, and dedicated practitioners, typically in multicultural settings.














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