Khenchen Pema Sherab

Week of Teachings
Sunday 21 May 7.30m to Sunday 28 May, 1pm

We are delighted to welcome Khenchen Pema Sherab to Dzogchen Beara for the first time for a week of teachings.

Details on the topic will be added as soon as possible.

We are offering this retreat on the basis of Dāna (Generosity) as it’s our heartfelt wish that as many as possible of our Sangha and Rinpoche’s other students in Ireland can attend and we are aware of the difficult times we are all living through.

Dzogchen Beara is a not-for-profit charity and all of our income goes directly to supporting the Dharma and all who benefit from the Centre. We face great financial challenges this year due to the cost of renovating the Spiritual Care Centre and the associated loss of accommodation income during its closure for 12 months. We also had a reduced events programme (due to Covid) which had a big financial impact.

There is a catering fee for this retreat of €50 to cover your meals (two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings, and tea and coffees from Fri to Mon) and you are invited to make a financial contribution according to your means towards the remaining costs of the retreat. The standard fee for a long weekend retreat like this is €275. When you book, please consider giving as generously as you can. You can do this by donating online in the donation field provided on the last page when you complete your reservation here.

To secure your place on this event, please book before June 15 when we will open this retreat to the general public.

We really hope that you will be able to join us on this very special occasion


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. Tea and coffee.

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Fee €175

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email 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 seen here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.
Online booking here
Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032

Read our visitor information here.

Khenchen Pema Sherab
Khenchen Pema Sherab
Khenpo Pema Sherab was born in 1936, at Riphu, in the Dergé region of Eastern Tibet. He started to study at the age of eight, learning to read and write Tibetan with his uncle, Lama Chözang, while he was herding cattle. At fourteen, he went to Lhasa and studied under masters and scholars of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1953 he received ordination from Shechen Kongtrul Rinpoche. In Lhasa, he also met Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and served as his attendant for about ten years, fleeing with him to Bhutan and then India in 1959. Over the years, he received many teachings from him, including the Guhyagarbha Tantra, and Longchenpa’s Treasury of Pith Instructions. During the 1950s he also stayed for long periods at Nenang Monastery and Tshurphu, the monastery of the Karmapas, which at that time was home to many great Kagyü masters who had escaped from the troubles in East Tibet. While on pilgrimage in Central Tibet, he met Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö at Tsering Jong, the seat of Jikmé Lingpa. While in India, he also studied with Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsöndrü, and from Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche he received the vows of a fully ordained monk, and also various empowerments and teachings.

In 1968, at the request of Kyabjé Penor Rinpoche he went to Namdroling Monastery to teach. Though the shedra was not yet established at that time, Khen Rinpoche taught the monks for several years. The shedra was finally established in 1978 and from then until 2003, for 25 years, Khenpo Pema Sherab taught there tirelessly while also managing the institution.