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About Dzogchen Beara

Dzogchen Beara is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat centre under the spiritual direction of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Registered as a Charitable Trust in Ireland, it is the long-term retreat centre for Rigpa – an international network of Buddhist Centres.

On the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula in south-west Ireland, the centre sits high on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of sea and sky.

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 on the Beara peninsula in West Cork. Their wish was 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 under the spiritual guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche.

Rinpoche named the centre Dzogchen Beara, ‘Holder of Dzogchen’. Dzogchen, or ‘Great Perfection’, is the most ancient and direct stream of wisdom within the Buddhist tradition of Tibet.

In June 1993 Harriet died of cancer at the age of 44. Her death inspired the development of Rigpa’s 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.


Further information

Rigpa International
Rigpa Ireland
Spiritual Care Programme
Sogyal Rinpoche