‘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

Zazen Night on Mid-summer's Eve 24 Aug 2020

We’re having a Zazen Night on Mid-summer’s Eve, via zoom. It will begin at 8pm on Saturday June 20th, until 11:30pm. Then we take a few hours sleep and begin again at 4:30am on Sunday June 21st. until about 7am. If you would like to join us please send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com for the timetable, link and password.

Zazen Day on Sunday, May 31st at Earth + Sky Zen Dublin Dojo 23 Aug 2020

There will be a Zazen Day next weekend, starting on Saturday evening at 7 00 - 8 00 pm and beginning again on Sunday morning, at 5 30am. Everyone is welcome to join via zoom link, for part or all of the evening and day, as your home situation allows. Email zen.in.ireland@gmail.com for the link, password and timetable.

Zazen Day on Sunday May 3rd 22 Aug 2020

We will have a Zazen Day on Sunday, May 3rd, at Earth + Sky Zen. The day will begin at 9am, until 5pm. Everyone is welcome to join via zoom, and come to the sittings as your home situation allows. We’ll send a zoom invitation and timetable of zazen sittings closer to the time. Send an email to zen.in.ireland@ gmail.com for more information.

Zoom Zazen at Earth+Sky Dublin Dojo 21 Aug 2020

Due to current circumstances we are making zazen available via zoom at the previously scheduled times:

For access: Morning Zazen, Monday through Thursday at 7:00 am (join about 5 or 10 minutes beforehand) URL: https://zoom.us/j/311126395

Evening Zazen, on Sundays & Wednesdays at 6:15 pm (join about 5 or 10 minutes beforehand) URL: https://zoom.us/j/161736844

If you would like to join and sit with us, please send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com and we will send you the password.

Remember to turn off your microphone before you log on to avoid feedback noise.

Easter Weekend Arrangements at Earth+Sky 08 Aug 2020

Earth+Sky Zen Dojo Dublin will take a break from zooming zazen over the holiday weekend, which means no zoom zazen on Sunday evening and Monday morning. We’ll be back zooming for Tuesday morning zazen, and will see you then!

Temporary Closure at Earth+Sky Zen Dublin Dojo 05 Aug 2020

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the dojo will close temporarily in the interests of ‘social distancing’. We want to act in solidarity with everyone in the effort to delay the transmission of the virus, so that vulnerable groups are protected as much as possible.

During this time of isolation you can join us for zazen through zoom, here are the links:

Morning Zazen, Monday through Thursday at 7:00 am (join about 10 minutes beforehand) URL: https://zoom.us/j/311126395

Evening Zazen, on Sundays & Wednesdays at 6:15 pm (join about 10 minutes beforehand) URL: https://zoom.us/j/161736844

Remember to turn off your microphone during zazen so that there is less feedback noise

March Sesshin Cancellation 02 Aug 2020

The Redemptorists’ Retreat Centre in Esker, Athenry, has cancelled events for the next few weeks, due to the national effort to delay the spread of COVID-19. As such, the March sesshin will not take place as planned. Thank you to all who had booked and planned to travel.

Dublin Dojo Closed for St. Patrick's Day Weekend 01 Aug 2020

The Dublin dojo will close from Saturday, March 14th until 7:00 am Wednesday morning, March 18th. We are conscious of participating in the national effort to delay the spread of COVID-19, and of taking prudent measures to avoid community transmission. At the moment the zazen timetable is unchanged, as the dojo is spacious enough to accommodate the group who practice morning and evening. We’ll keep the situation under review.

Annual Zen Sesshin on the Aran Islands 25 Jul 2020

The annual zen retreat / sesshin will be held this year at Killeany Lodge, Inishmore, in the last week of July 2020.

Starting on Saturday evening, July 25th there will be three and a half days of ‘preparation’, led by Tom Cleary. On Wednesday evening, July 29th the sesshin will begin for two and a half days of more intensive practice, the sesshin will be led by Mary Laheen.

Accommodation: dormitory style

Food: vegetarian, (mostly vegan)

Arrival: before 7pm on July 25th

Departure: after lunch on August 1st

Costs: Week long session: €300 Preparation only: €200 Sesshin only: €150

Teampall Bheanáin

March Sesshin in Athenry 13 Mar 2020

The March sesshin will be held at the Redemptorist Retreat Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway starting on Friday evening, March 13th and ending after lunch on Monday, March 16th 2020.

The sesshin will be led by Alain Liebmann.

Cost: €120 (dormitory style accommodation) €150 (private room) you need to inform us in advance if you want a private room.

Zazen Day, March 1st at Earth+Sky Zen, Dublin Dojo 01 Mar 2020

There will be a Zazen Day on Sunday, March 1st at the Dublin Dojo. It begins at 11am and ends at 7:30pm. As well as zazen practice there will be samu - cleaning the dojo -, a dharma talk (teisho) and some Tai Chi movements. Organic vegetarian lunch will be served. Suggested donation €25/€20. All welcome! Send an email to confirm your place.

Zazen Day in Dublin Dojo - Sunday February 2nd 27 Jan 2020

There will be Zazen Days at the Dublin Dojo on Sunday, February 2nd led by Mary Soshin Laheen.

It will begin at 11am and end around 7:30pm after Sunday evening zazen. Organic vegetarian lunch is provided. In the afternoon we clean the dojo, sometimes we do T’ai Chi exercises in between zazen. There is a short dharma talk / teisho. Daisan (a one to one meeting) is offered if people wish to participate.

We accept donations to help cover costs. €20 donation for the day is suggested. No one should stay away for lack of funds.

If you wish to attend, please send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com

Zazen Days at Earth+Sky Zen Dublin 04 Jan 2020

There will be Zazen Days at the Dublin Dojo on Sunday, February 2nd, March 1st, March 29th, April 26th, May 24th, June 21st, and July 19th. The days are led by Mary Soshin Laheen.

Zazen Days begin at 11am and end around 7:30pm after Sunday evening zazen. Organic vegetarian lunch is provided. In the afternoon we clean the dojo, sometimes we do T’ai Chi exercises in between zazen. There is a short dharma talk / teisho. Daisan (a one to one meeting) is offered if people wish to participate.

We accept donations to help cover costs. €20 donation for the day is suggested. No one should stay away for lack of funds.

If you wish to attend, please send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com

Zazen Days in Galway Dojo January - July 2020 04 Jan 2020

Zazen Days will be held in the Galway Dojo on: January 19th, February 16th, March 8th, April 4th, May 17th, June 14th and July 12th. The days begin at 9am and end at 5pm. Come for all or part of the day. The Zazen Day on Sunday, March 8th, will be led by Alain Tainan Liebmann.

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

Solstice Zazen Day at Earth+Sky Zen, Dublin Dojo 22 Dec 2019

There will be a Zazen Day on Sunday, December 22nd, starting at 11am and finishing at 6: 45pm. The day will be led by Mary Soshin Laheen. Mary is a teacher in the White Plum (Maezumi) Lineage, she recently received dharma transmission from Robert Kennedy Roshi. Sensai Mary will offer Daisan (one to one meetings about zazen practice) in the afternoon.

Organic vegetarian lunch will be provided as usual. There will be a Christmas Get-together after the last zazen. Suggested donation €20 or €15 (unwaged). No one should stay away for lack of funds.

After the Zazen Day the dojo will close until January 6th, except for NEW YEAR’S EVE ZAZEN from 8pm til midnight.

Rohatsu Retreat 2019 30 Nov 2019

A week long silent meditation retreat commemorating the Buddha’s enlightenment will be held in Esker Redemptorist Monastery, Athenry, Co. Galway 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.

Poster

Zazen Day - Dublin - November 24th 24 Nov 2019

There will be a Zazen Day at Earth+Sky Dojo on Sunday, November 24th.

Email zen.in.ireland@gmail.com to confirm your place.

Starts at 11am and ends at 7:30pm. Attending for part of the day is fine but please contact us first.

There will be 4 sessions of meditation, each consisting of 30 minutes of sitting meditation, 5 minutes of walking meditation and 30 minutes of sitting meditation.

Vegetarian and organic lunch provided at 1pm

Afternoon tea and informal discussion at 5pm.

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

Halloween Sesshin 2019 25 Oct 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)

Poster

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

Zazen Day - Dublin - September 29th 29 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 22 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

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: