Radical Responsibility

The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind
With Chagdud Khadro
Friday 6 September, 8pm to Sunday 8 September, 1pm

Everyone is welcome to this retreat and no prior experience of meditation is needed.


  • Buddhist Teachings
  • Guided meditation and contemplations
  • Discussion and Q&A sessions
  • Time for rest, relaxation and enjoying nature

We’re delighted to welcome Chagdud Khadro back to Dzogchen Beara, to teach on The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara, a framework for us to examine the far-reaching impact of our choices and to encourage us to take responsibility for our lives.

The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara (the realm of illusion and suffering) are found in the “preliminary practices” (ngondro) of Tibetan Buddhism. These powerful contemplations have the power to bring us to a deep appreciation of our life and inspire us to use it as well as we can.

As a modern woman and a fully trained Buddhist Lama, Chagdud Khadro is ideally suited to share these teachings, and to discuss their meaningful integration into our lives. Khadro will also introduce and guide meditation.

The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara

1. Precious Human Birth
Our human life gives us optimal conditions for spiritual development. Contemplating the gift of this life encourages us to use it well, to joyfully recognise that we have a precious body or opportunity, which is like a wish-fulfilling jewel that is very difficult to obtain.

2. Impermanence
We have no idea when we will die. Contemplating impermanence reminds us how fragile our life is, and brings enthusiasm for our spiritual path, as our life may be taken away at any moment! In the midst of ceaseless change, paradoxically, the realisation of impermanence is the only thing we can hold onto.

3. Karma
Karma is the natural and unfailing relationship between cause and effect. This contemplation helps us to see that the quality of our life is determined by the quality of our actions, which is why we should devote our energies to our spiritual path. As Buddha said, “What you are is what you have been, what you will be is what you do now”.

4. The Suffering of Samsara
Attachment to fleeting experiences, material things and dependence on others are all obstacles to success on our spiritual path. This contemplation helps us realise this, to change our basic attitude and to make a firm decision to dedicate ourselves to spiritual practice, to free ourselves from clinging to these causes of suffering.


The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.


Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible.

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Fee €260
Concession €225

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation
(1) to apply please contact info@dzogchenbeara.org
(2) you can avail of a concession only if you stay in the hostel or share a room in a cottage or the Care Centre with your friend/partner, or stay off site.

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email info@dzogchenbeara.org to to discuss flexible payment options or request assistance from our retreat fund.

Limited accommodation is available on-site. Book early!
A list of hostels, B&B’s self-catering accommodation and hotels in the local area can be downloaded here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.
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Chagdud Khadro
Chagdud Khadro
Chagdud Khadro was born in 1946 in Houston, Texas. In 1977 she left a career as a writer and researcher in New York City and traveled to Afghanistan, India, and Nepal, where she met and eventually married Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. She was his student for almost twenty-five years until his Parinirvana in 2002, serving him in various capacities, but particularly as a writer.

Rinpoche and Khadro collaborated on his autobiography Lord of the Dance, while, under his guidance, she compiled commentaries of his teachings on ngondro, p’howa, and Red Tara. In 1996, at the time Rinpoche ordained Khadro as a lama, he also designated her as the future spiritual director of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil and Chagdud Gonpa Hispano Ámerica. A particular focus of her teachings is Amitabha P’howa. Khadro’s dynamic and clear teaching style along with her unwavering commitment to Chagdud Rinpoche’s legacy has inspired greatly students in the Americas, Europe and Australia.

At Khadro Ling, the seat of Chagdud Gonpa Brazil, she has worked with a miraculously assembled team (her words) of lamas, artists, and talented sangha members to construct a Guru Rinpoche Palace (Zangdog Palri), publish texts, accomplish projects related to education, spiritual care for the dying, and to preserve and teach Vajrayana ritual arts.