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.

Five-Day Chan Beginners' Retreat near Westport, Co. Mayo, with Guo Xing Fashi & Chang Chun Fashi (Sr Jinho)

July 31th 15:00 to August 4th

Dear friends,

We would like to let you know of a five-day Chan retreat near Wesport, Co. Mayo,  organized and led by Chang Chun Fashi (Sr Jinho) and Guo Xing Fashi. Please find the retreat information and registration links below.

Any questions, please send us an email at

Best wishes,

Five-Day Chan Beginners' Retreat
with CGuo Xing Fashi & Chang Chun Fashi (Sr Jinho)

 Register here 

Retreat Description

5 days Beginners’ Chan Retreat introducing to beginners the basic principles of Chan practices and methods, as well as preparatory exercises, such as 8-form moving meditation; It offers opportunities for comprehensive Chan meditation practice.

They follow the traditional Chan monastery schedule, starting early in the morning and using concentrated group practice. There are numerous thirty-minute sitting periods throughout the day. In addition to sitting meditation, the retreat also includes mindful work practice, walking meditation, chanting, and gentle yoga exercises.

Interviews with the teacher are available for direct guidance regarding the method of practice, and daily Dharma talks elucidate the details of investigating one’s mind. It is an opportunity to strengthen your practice by sitting together with other experienced practitioners. It is also excellent preparation for our longer intensive retreats.

Chan is lively wisdom and it should be experienced in one’s everyday life. Understanding the Buddhist concepts helps set a clear and correct direction for practitioners to focus on. Chan meditation practices develop a foundation of calmness and awareness for practitioners to deepen their understanding of Buddhist concepts, cultivate compassion and wisdom, and to realize Chan. The practice of Chan meditation also benefits people physically, psychologically and spiritually.

For more information, please check the retreat information page here:

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.

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.














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