About Dzogchen Beara

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

The community extends a warm and open-hearted welcome to all and offers a choice of accommodation and a year-round programme of retreats, seminars, workshops and professional training.

Dzogchen Beara is part of Rigpa, an international network of Buddhist centres dedicated to making the Buddhist teachings of meditation, compassion and wisdom available to the modern world.

Read more about Rigpa here.

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.

Foundation and spiritual direction of Sogyal Rinpoche

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 Peter and Harriet made a gift of the land and buildings to a charitable trust under the spiritual guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and founder of Rigpa.

You can find Peter’s book ‘Dazzled by Daylight’ here, with his inspiring story of his early life and the beginnings of Dzogchen Beara.

In June 1993 Harriet died of cancer at the age of 44. Harriet’s peaceful death and the care she received inspired the development of the Spiritual Care Education Programme and the building of the Spiritual Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara. To read more download In Memory of Harriet by Peter Cornish.

Rigpa undertook a series of reforms and changes throughout the organisation, following the retirement of Sogyal Rinpoche in August 2017, and serious allegations and complaints against him and Rigpa. These allegations were investigated and an independent report was published in September 2018.

Sogyal Rinpoche passed away on Wednesday 28 August 2019, following complications during cancer treatment.

Read more about Sogyal Rinpoche here.

Rigpa’s Management Teams

Rigpa is currently working towards a new federative and collaborative organisational model across all its entities around the world.

The organisation is currently managed by three bodies:

  • the Vision Board
  • the Rigpa Boards
  • the interim International Coordination Group

We are also working on establishing a faculty of senior instructors and practitioners, as well as involving our members in decision-making.

Read more about Rigpa’s Management teams.

Rigpa Code of Conduct

The Rigpa Code of Conduct reflects both contemporary secular and Buddhist ethical standards, seeks to identify unacceptable kinds of behaviour, and establish a straightforward pathway for reporting breaches of conduct and resolving grievances.

Read the Rigpa Code of Conduct

Read the Shared Values and Guidelines of the Rigpa Community

Read the Rigpa Grievance Procedure.

Charitable Status

Dzogchen Beara Trust and Spiritual Care Ireland are charities registered with the Irish Charities Regulator.

For information about our purposes and activities and to read annual reports, for Dzogchen Beara Trust please click here; for Spiritual Care Ireland please click here. Directors’ Reports and Financial Statements for Spiritual Care Ireland are also available here. You can view Dzogchen Beara audited accounts (Trustees Report and Financial Statements) here; 2013, 2014,  2015, 2016, 2017.

Directors’ Reports and Financial Statements for Spiritual Care Ireland are also available here.

Spiritual Care Ireland annual returns and accounts are available from the Companies Registration Office.

We have adopted the Charities Governance Code.