About Dzogchen Beara

Dzogchen Beara is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat centre on the Beara Peninsula in County Cork, in south-west Ireland.

The community extends a warm and open-hearted welcome to all and offers a choice of accommodation and 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.

Ireland’s first Tibetan Buddhist temple, will open it’s doors this July, 2024.


In 1973, Peter and Harriet Cornish bought 150 acres of rugged clifftop farmland with a wish to create a place that would offer a spiritual home to people of all traditions.

In 1992 they gifted the land and buildings to a charitable trust under the spiritual guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the highly acclaimed ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’ and founder of Rigpa, an international network of Buddhist centres and groups.

In 1993 Harriet died of cancer at the age of 44. Harriet’s peaceful death and the care she received inspired the building of the Spiritual Care Centre.

Read more:
Sogyal Rinpoche
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Rigpa (International)
Rigpa Ireland
Peter Cornish autobiography: “Dazzled by Daylight” (available from Dzogchen Beara shop)
Peter Cornish memoir: “In Memory of Harriet”

Rigpa Code of Conduct

The Rigpa Code of Conduct reflects both contemporary secular and Buddhist ethical standards, seeks to identify unacceptable kinds of behaviour, and establish a straightforward pathway for reporting breaches of conduct and resolving grievances.

Read more:
Rigpa Code of Conduct
Shared Values and Guidelines of the Rigpa Community
Rigpa Grievance Procedure.

Charitable Status

Dzogchen Beara Trust and Spiritual Care Ireland are charities registered with the Irish Charities Regulator.
– Dzogchen Beara Trust; Chy (Revenue) Number CHY9368
– Spiritual Care Ireland CLG; Companies Registration Office Number 489209; Chy (Revenue) Number

Spiritual Care Ireland Annual Reports
Dzogchen Beara Trust Charity Details

Financial Reports:
Dzogchen Beara Trust audited accounts; 2013, 2014,  2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
Directors’ Reports and Financial Statements for Spiritual Care Ireland.
Spiritual Care Ireland annual returns and accounts are available from the Companies Registration Office.