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About Dzogchen Beara

Dzogchen Beara is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat centre located on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula in County Cork, in south-west Ireland.

The centre sits high on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of sea and sky and offers a choice of accommodation with a year-round programme of retreats, seminars, workshops and professional training.

The Spiritual Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara offers personal support to those facing long-term or life-limiting illness, living with disability, or suffering from grief, stress or burnout.

Many Tibetan masters, and almost everyone who visits, comment on the extraordinary qualities of Dzogchen Beara – its beautiful natural environment and an atmosphere of profound peace which comes from deep spiritual practice.

We extend a warm and open-hearted welcome to all, offering many different ways to experience this unique place of peace and inspiration, for casual visitors or those who wish to attend an event or to stay a while.


In 1973, Peter and Harriet Cornish bought 150 acres of rugged farmland with a wish to create a place that would offer a spiritual home to people of all traditions: In 1992 they made a gift of the land and buildings to a charitable trust dedicated to making the Buddhist teachings of meditation, compassion and wisdom available to the modern world.

In June 1993 Harriet died of cancer at the age of 44. Her death inspired the development of the Spiritual Care Education Programme and the building of the Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara.

To read more download In Memory of Harriet by Peter Cornish here.