‘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

Autumnal Equinox Sesshin Programme 11 Sep 2021

Autumnal Equinox Sesshin Day at Earth+Sky Zen 10 Sep 2021

The ‘season of mellow fruitfulness’ is almost here, the turning of the season from Summer to Autumn will happen this year on Wednesday September 22nd. It’s a good time to sit still for a while! All are welcome to join us for the Autumnal Equinox Sesshin, starting Saturday 18th at 8pm, and ending after morning zazen on Monday, 20th September. If you want to come in person please send us an email in advance so that we can arrange everything.

Re-opening Dublin Dojo 06 Sep 2021

Earth+Sky Zen at the Dublin Dojo has opened again for a full schedule of zazen practice, having been closed for 18 months due to the pandemic. All welcome! Please contact us by email before coming as we must comply with government guidelines for Covid.

Alain Tai Nan installed as Abbot of La Gendronnière 24 Aug 2021

In April of this year (2021) Alain Tai Nan, our first zen teacher, was installed as abbot of La Gendronnière, the mother temple of the Deshimaru Lineage in Europe. You can see some images of the event here.

Alain is wearing the bright red kolomo of an abbot and a kesa that belonged to Master Kodo Sawaki. It is a 25-band kesa sewn by the disciples of Kodo Sawaki for their teacher. The kesa was given to Alain by Kōshu Itabashi Zenji in Gotanjoji Temple, Japan, more than fifteen years ago.

After the Ceremony standing in front of the big bell at La Gendronière

Wearing a 25-band kesa of Kodo Sawaki

Alain on the steps of La Gendro chateau

Lúnasa Sesshin on Aran 10 Jul 2021

A streamlined version of the annual Summer Sesshin will be held on Aran this year, from Saturday, July 31st to Saturday, August 7th. The venue is Killeany Lodge, Inishmore. See poster here for timetable and details. We are obliged to restrict the number of participants to 10. It is currently fully booked, but there is a cancellation list.

Zazen Night at Midsummer 10 Jun 2021

On Saturday, June 19, Earth + Sky Zen will host a Zazen Night on Zoom, starting at 8pm and ending at 6:30am on Sunday morning. We catch a few hours sleep at midnight. It’s an opportunity to appreciate the experience of the shortest (almost) night of the year!

All are welcome. Send us an email if you would like to join, and for information about the zoom link and password.

Poster here

Bealtaine Sesshin at Earth+Sky Zen Dublin 19 Apr 2021

Our next sesshin will start on Lá Bealtaine, Saturday May 1st, at 8pm, and end on Monday morning, May 3rd, after zazen.

All welcome. Contact us for zoom details.

poster here

Spring Equinox Sesshin at Earth + Sky 04 Mar 2021

On March 20th this year the centre of the visible sun will be directly above the equator, and all places on Earth will have equal day and night, - a good time to start practicing equanimity!

All are welcome to join us on sesshin (zen retreat) starting on Saturday evening, March 20th, and ending on Monday morning, March 22nd. For zoom link and programme send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com.

poster here

First Days of Spring Sesshin at Earth+Sky Zen 25 Jan 2021

There will be a, First Days of Spring Sesshin, at the last weekend of January, starting on Saturday evening, January 30th, and ending on Monday morning, February 1st, Imbolc in the Celtic Calendar and the Feast of Saint Brigid. For timetable and zoom details, send us an email.

And here is an outline of Sesshins for the year, following the Celtic calendar and keeping pace with the seasons.

Saturday evening, January 30th - Monday Morning, February 1st, Imbolc

Saturday evening, March 20th - Monday Morning, March 22nd, Spring Equinox

Saturday evening, May 1st - Monday Morning, May 3rd. Bealtaine.

Saturday evening, June 19th - Monday Morning, June 21st Summer Solstice.

Saturday evening, July 31st - Saturday, August 7th (Summer Sesshin, Lúnasa).

Saturday evening, Sept. 18th - Monday Morning, Sept 20th, Autumnal Equinox (not quite, but close).

Saturday evening, Oct. 30th - Monday Morning, Nov. 1st, Samhain.

Saturday evening, Dec. 18th - Monday Morning Dec. 20th Winter Solstice.

Please find the poster here

Winter Solstice Sesshin at Earth + Sky Zen 12 Dec 2020

There will be a Winter Solstice Sesshin starting on Saturday evening, December 19th and ending on Monday, December 21st after morning zazen.

This sesshin will be offered on the zoom platform by Earth + Sky Zen.

If you would like to join us, please send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com for the passcode.

The zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89834251202

Poster Here

Halloween Sesshin (on zoom) 29 Oct 2020

The annual Halloween Sesshin will be held on zoom this year, starting on Friday evening, October 30th, at 8pm and ending on Sunday, November 1st, at lunchtime. All welcome. Please send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com for zoom link and password.

Introduction to Zen Practice 29 Oct 2020

There will be an introduction to zen practice for beginners on Sunday, November 8th, at 4pm via zoom. Please send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com for zoom link and password, if you would like to join.

Zazen Day Sunday, September 20th 03 Sep 2020

There will be a Zazen Day at Earth + Sky Zen Dublin Dojo on Sunday, September 20th, starting at 7am and finishing at 5pm. This will be zoomed. If you wish to join us please send an email to zen.in.ireland@gmail.com for timetable, link, and password.

Zazen Times and Zoom Links at Dublin & Galway Dojos 27 Aug 2020

Morning Zazen will continue at Earth + Sky Zen Dublin Dojo Monday through Thursday at 7am, zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89834251202

For password please send us an email at zen.in.ireland@gmail.com

Sunday Evening Zazen at 6: 15pm will commence from September 6th.

Evening Zazen at Galway Zen Dojo will continue Monday through Wednesday at 6:30pm , zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4069937818

For password please send us an email at zengalway@gmail.com

Annual Summer Sesshin July 25th - August 1st 25 Aug 2020

The Annual Summer Sesshin scheduled for July 25th until August 1st will now be held via zoom, by Earth+Sky Zen at the Dublin Dojo. For the timetable, link and password, please email zen.in.ireland@gmail.com

From August 1st to 8th, a physical sesshin will take place on the Aran Islands, numbers are limited to 10 people.

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

Annual Summer Sesshin July 25 - August 1 25 Jul 2020

The Annual Summer Sesshin scheduled for July 25th until August 1st will now be held via zoom, by Earth+Sky Zen at the Dublin Dojo. For the timetable, link and password, please email zen.in.ireland@gmail.com

From August 1st to 8th, an actual sesshin will take place on the Aran Islands, limited to 10 people.

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: