Prayers and Other Services

Send a special card from Dzogchen Beara to let a friend, colleague or loved one know that prayers are being said on their behalf.

Dzogchen Beara is home to a community of spiritual practitioners following one of the most ancient lineages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. We observe a daily schedule of meditation and prayers, aimed at the well-being and happiness of all beings, irrespective of their religious orientation.

The motivation and aim of every Buddhist practitioner is directed towards the ultimate and lasting happiness of all beings. Your request for prayers is held in this highest of all aspirations.

You can request prayers for yourself, those close to you, those who are sick, have died or are experiencing difficult end of life circumstances. Prayers can also be requested for your pets, or for a beneficial outcome to a situation or project. When celebrating a birthday or other special occasion, prayers for a happy healthy and long life can also be made. 

For more information on how prayers are carried out see here.

How prayers are carried out
Your request will be carried out during our daily group practices, according to one of the most ancient lineages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Those who perform the practices are trained in directing prayers. Every request is read out for a number of days, or on a specific day you request. If the person you have requested prayers for has passed away, their name is read out during the daily Riwo Sangchö practice for 3 days in a row and then for 7 consecutive weeks on the day of the week of their passing according to tradition. All other Prayer Requests are read out for 7 days during the daily Tendrel Nyesel practice.

If you wish to send a card from Dzogchen Beara to let someone know that prayers are being said on their behalf, please visit the donations page. Under the category ‘Prayer and Sympathy Cards’, please fill in the following information in the comments box:

Your choice of card. Fill in the number corresponding to your choice of card:
Card No.1    ‘In Sympathy’ with hands in prayer
Card No.2    ‘In Sympathy’ with bell flowers
Card No.3     Sunrise at  Dzogchen Beara
Card No.4    ‘Thinking of you’ with pink flower

Your name.

Dedication/Name of person for prayers to be said (for deceased please let us know the date of passing).

Name and Address to send the card to.

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We suggest a minimum donation of  €20

In all the world’s great spiritual traditions, lights are offered in prayer and remembrance. Lights are offered in remembrance of those who have died, for family and friends, to mark special projects, on your behalf or in the name of a loved one or special occasion. They can also be offered as an expression of love, joy or gratitude.

Following this tradition, we offer lights in brass bowls in our Tibetan style butter lamp house. These butter lamps are prepared by the community of practitioners at Dzogchen Beara. 

50 or more lamps
When requesting 50 or more lamps, you will receive a special card that will be posted to you or your loved ones, letting them know that a light offering has been made on their behalf. 

108 or more lamps
In addition, when requesting 108 or more lamps a photo or video of the lights you sponsored can be emailed to you. If you would like a photo of the lights or video of the 108 or more lights please email butterlamps@dzogchenbeara.org

If you would like to offer lights in prayer or remembrance, please visit the donations page. Under the categeory ‘Offering Butter Lamps’, please fill in the following information in the comments box:

Your name.

Dedication.

For requests of 50 or more lamps please include the name and address where to send the card to.

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€20 (21 lamps)      €50 (50 lamps)

€100 (108 lamps)      €1,000 (1,000 lamps)

Memorial Service
We can assist you in planning & hosting a memorial service at Dzogchen Beara or elsewhere, paying tribute to or commemorating the life of a friend or family member.

A memorial service is similar to a funeral service in many ways. The main difference is that at a funeral, the body is present as a focal point for the service, but at a memorial service, the body is not present. Usually, a framed portrait or an urn serves as the focal point at a memorial service. 

Sample memorial service:
Reflective music
Welcome
Offering a light
Poems/Eulogy
Mantra
Reflection Time/Wishes for the deceased
Loving Kindness Practice
Farewell wishes

Average estimate  €300 – €1,500 depending on your wishes.

You can also avail of additional services on the day such as the scattering of ashes or lighting of butterlamps, or you can sponsor a memorial item in honour of a loved one for example a mani stone, or planting a tree.  

Scattering of Ashes
People of many different faiths and walks of life choose to be cremated, and, often after the death of a friend or loved one, many people find closure  in scattering the ashes in a favorite place or memorable location. We can guide you in planning & conducting a Scattering of Ashes ceremony that is personalized and an appropriate memorial for your loved one.

We can provide a range of services on the day depending on your needs, ranging from facilitating the remembrance & scattering of ashes, to catering for refreshments or lunch on the day.

Costs typically range on average from  €250 – €500.

Funeral Service
Coming spring/summer 2021

Please contact prayerservices@dzogchenbeara.org to discuss your particular needs.

When choosing to plant a tree in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion, you can dedicate it knowing that you are enabling the development of Native Irish Woodland. Ireland has the lowest percentage of land mass covered in woodland / forestry in Europe. 

All trees planted are native Irish trees sourced from Irish seed. Varieties include: Ash, Hazel, Alder, Rowan, Birch, Aspen, Holly, Willow and Elm. When selecting each tree, we plant the tree that is most suitable to the ground on that actual site. Depending on availability, you can sponsor the planting of a seedling, sapling, small tree or even a large tree up to 10 feet.

You can sponsor a single tree or make a donation towards the project. Trees are not individually marked but the area where trees will be planted will always remain as a woodland. 

Suggested Donation  €25 – €500 (depending on the size and variety)

Please contact prayerservices@dzogchenbeara.org if you have any questions.

A memorial bench is a beautiful and lasting way to commemorate a loved one who has passed away, particularly if they had a love of a certain place. There are a small number of benches available for placing at Dzogchen Beara. These are provided by Dzogchen Beara to suit the landscape where they are placed and to serve the community by providing a useful resting place for locals and visitors. The bench will bear a memorial plaque containing the name of your loved one who has passed away.

Please contact prayerservices@dzogchenbeara.org to discuss.

Minimum Donation €1,080

Sponsoring a Mani stone is another meaningful way to remember a loved one in Dzogchen Beara. 

The Mani mantra is the mantra of compassion in the Tibetan tradition. The mantra embodies the compassion and blessing of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and invokes especially the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, also known as Chenrezig. It is an especially powerful mantra to recite for the deceased. 

The Mani mantra will be hand carved in stone and the Mani stone placed along the remembrance pathway at Dzogchen Beara. You will receive details of where the stone will be placed so you can come visit Dzogchen Beara to see it.  Prayers for the person you wish to dedicate this Mani stone to will also be included in the daily practice .

Please contact prayerservices@dzogchenbeara.org

Minimum Donation  €500

Our aspiration is to have prayer wheels installed as an integral part of the landscape at Dzogchen Beara. Each prayer wheel contains many thousands of mantras, and the Mani mantra is the most commonly used. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition each turning of the wheel by hand will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting thousands of prayers.  

Please contact prayerservices@dzogchenbeara.org if you are interested in supporting this project.  It is possible to sponsor a prayer wheel in its entirety or make a smaller donation towards the project.

Suggested Donation  €50-500  

Dzogchen Beara is home to a community of spiritual practitioners, following one of the most ancient lineages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. We observe a daily schedule of meditation and prayers, aimed at the well-being and happiness of all beings, irrespective of their religious orientation.

Your sponsorship enables us to support a buddhist practitioner to live at Dzogchen Beara and dedicate their time to prayer and upholding the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of practice. As is traditional, prayers of dedication for all sponsors will be included in daily practice.

It costs €1,000 a month to sponsor an individual practitioner. Any contribution you can make would be greatly appreciated, whether a once off donation or setting up a standing order to provide longer term support. 

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Set up a Standing Order for €20, €50, €100, €500 or €1,000

Please contact prayerservices@dzogchenbeara.org for assistance setting up a standing order.