‘Therefore, put aside the intellectual practice

of investigating words and chasing phrases, and learn to take the backward step that turns the light and shines it inward. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will manifest.’

Fukan-Zazengi, Dogen (1200-1253)

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News - Upcoming Events in the Irish Sangha

Rohatsu Retreat 2019 14 Sep 2019

A week long silent meditation retreat commemorating the Buddha’s enlightenment will be held on the Aran Islands from the 30th November to 7th December 2019.

This sesshin will be led by Alain Liebmann.

Alain is currently teaching in France and leading sesshins in a few other countries. He lived in Ireland for over twenty years and introduced many people to zazen. He is one of the students of Master Deshimaru and received Dharma Transmission from Koshu Itabashi Zenji.

We don’t recommend this event for beginners as it’s intense.

See here for the poster with full details.


Halloween Sesshin 2019 12 Sep 2019

The annual Hallowe’en Sesshin will be held at the Redemptorist Retreat Centre in Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway. H65 XA36

Arrival evening of October 25th. Departure after lunch on Monday, October 28th.

Cost: Dormitory Style Accommodation €120, Private room €150

Food: Vegetarian, & mostly vegan.

Travel: by train, bus, car, Dublin - Athenry or Galway - Athenry (If coming by train contact us in advance to be picked up at train station)


Zazen Day - Dublin - September 29th 12 Sep 2019

There will be a Zazen Day at Earth+Sky Dojo, Dublin on Sunday, September 29.

Starts at 11am and ends at 7:30pm.

Vegetarian and organic lunch provided.

Suggested donation €20, concession €15; no one should stay away for lack of funds.

A typical schedule for one of our Zazen days can been seen on this timetable

Earth+Sky Dojo

Zazen Days in Galway - Sunday 22nd September, Sunday 20th October 14 Sep 2019

There will be Zazen days in the Galway Zen Dojo on Sunday 22nd September and Sunday 20th October from 9am until 5pm. Come for all or part of the day.

For information please email: zengalway@gmail.com or call Tom on (086) 351 2750

Sunday Oct. 20th & Tuesday Oct. 22nd - Zazen Cancelled 08 Oct 2019

There will no be zazen on Sunday evening October 20th, or Tuesday morning October 22nd, due to a Zen Ceremony taking place on Monday. Otherwise, the schedule is as normal.

Please note that, as usual, there will be no zazen on Sunday, October 27th or Monday 28th due to the Bank Holiday

Summer Holiday Schedule for the Dublin Dojo 01 Aug 2019

Morning Zazen will continue as normal, for the summer.

There will be no evening zazen on Wednesdays and Sundays for the month of August or the first week of September.

The next evening zazen will be on Sunday, September 8, at 6:15pm, when the normal schedule will resume.

Summer Sesshin 2019 07 May 2019

Our summer sesshin will be held from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th of August in Killeany Lodge, Inismore, Aran Islands, County Galway.

Cost: €300 (full week) €200 (preparation only - Sat-Wed) €150 (sesshin only - Wed-Sat).

There is dormitory-style accommodation. The food is vegetarian and mainly organic.

Arrival: before 7pm on 3rd August. Departure: after lunch on 10th August.

Teaching: Tom Cleary, Mary Laheen

Summer sesshin poster

Zazen Day Galway - May 2019 01 May 2019

There will be a Zen day in the Galway Zen Dojo on Sunday 26th of May from 9am until 5pm. Come for all or part of the day.

For information please email: zengalway@gmail.com or call Tom: (086) 351 2750

Limerick Group 10 Apr 2019

There is now a Limerick zen group that sits for an hour on a Thursday at 6.30pm. The venue is the first floor of Central Buildings Community Project, 51 O’Connell st. Limerick. The contact person is Melinda O863747115, or email zengalway@gmail.com

Mokudo Sesshin 2019 01 Feb 2019

The next Mokudo Sesshin, organised by the ‘Zen Simply Sitting Network’ will be held at the Esker Redemptorists’ Monastery, in Athenry, Co. Galway in April 2019. Arrival on the evening of Thursday, April 25. Departure on Sunday April 28th after lunch.

The Mokudo Sesshin is held each year in honour of Taisen Deshimaru in a different country. We expect a number of practitioners from France, Spain, Germany, Hungary and the UK to attend.

Mokudo sesshin poster

Get in touch!

Below you will find the easiest ways to contact each dojo. For Ranelagh its best to use their blog.

For information about Dublin please email:

For information about Galway please email:

For information about Limerick please email: or phone Melinda O863747115.

For information about Cork please email: