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.

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.


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, an international network of Buddhist centres 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. 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.

Recent Developments

In July 2017 a number of allegations of misconduct were brought against Sogyal Rinpoche by eight former students. Following this, Rinpoche retired definitively as spiritual director and now has no organisational role in Rigpa.

An independent report was commissioned by Rigpa and a statement was issued by Rigpa’s boards, which you can read here.

For more information visit rigpa.org

In January 2018 a Vision Board was appointed to guide Rigpa into the future. Click here to find out more about the Vision Board and the other Rigpa bodies working together to develop a fresh model of creative and open cooperation around the world.

To maintain the authenticity of Rigpa’s work, the Vision Board is advised by a number of Tibetan Buddhist lamas including Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche (both key figures in interpreting Tibetan Buddhism in the modern world) and Khenchen Namdrol (a great scholar and lineage holder of the Ngagyur Nyingma tradition). Other Tibetan Buddhist lamas will be invited to advise in the future.

Visit rigpa.org to read more about Rigpa and the lamas advising our work.

Read Rigpa’s statements about these developments.

Rigpa Code of Conduct and the Shared Values and Guidelines of the Rigpa Community

Everyone who participates in Rigpa has a responsibility to conduct themselves in accordance with the law and the values outlined in the Rigpa Code of Conduct. The code is based on extensive advice about ethical conduct taught by Buddha; it summarises key points and gives guidelines on what is expected of all who participate in Rigpa events and activities.

Over several months in 2017/8, the international Rigpa community took part in a series of workshops and discussions through which the Shared Values and Guidelines of the Rigpa Community were agreed. These principles are rooted in the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist path, and complement the Rigpa Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct and the Values and Guidelines are intended to serve as a basis for education and training, and to inspire individuals to reflect on their own behaviour, and to provide a clear basis to report breaches of conduct and resolve grievances.

Rigpa has also adopted a new Grievance Procedure which has been born from our commitment to create a culture where every person feels confident and empowered to give feedback, express their concerns and report unethical behaviour.

Read the Rigpa Code of Conduct

Read the Shared Values and Guidelines of the Rigpa Community

Read the Rigpa Grievance Procedure.