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.
The Centre is situated on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula in south-west Ireland, and 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 atmosphere of profound peace which comes from deep spiritual practice. We welcome everyone, from all walks of life and of any faith or none, and offer many different ways to visit Dzogchen Beara.
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, and 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. If you would like to read more about Harriet and how her passing inspired the development of Rigpa's Spiritual Care Education Programme and the building of Dechen Shying Spiritual Care Centre please download the PDF 'In Memory of Harriet' further down the page.