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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 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 August 2017 a number of allegations were brought against Sogyal Rinpoche, which were widely shared in the media and on the internet. Following this, Rinpoche decided to retire as spiritual director from all the organizations that bear the name of Rigpa in different countries around the world.

In January 2018 a Vision Board was appointed to guide Rigpa into the future. The Vision Board is made up of seven of Sogyal Rinpoche’s long-standing students who share a deep understanding of the vision of Rigpa.

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 press statements about these developments.