Temple Programme July – August

A Beacon of Wisdom and Compassion for the Modern World
Open Daily | Everyone Welcome | 17 July to 26 August

Whether you are just curious, new to meditation or Buddhism or an experienced meditation practitioner you are warmly invited to join our programme in the inspiring setting of the new Dzogchen Beara temple.

Drop In and Donation Based Events

Daily Guided Meditations
Morning and afternoon options
Drop-in, no fee (donations welcome)

Meditation is bringing the mind back home, and this is first achieved through the practice of mindfulness.

Once an old woman came to Buddha and asked him how to meditate. He told her to remain aware of every movement of her hands as she drew the water from the well, knowing that if she did, she would soon find herself in that state of alert and spacious calm that is meditation.

The practice of mindfulness, of bringing the scattered mind home, and so of bringing the different aspects of our being into focus, is called ‘Peacefully Remaining’ or ‘Calm Abiding’. This is the first practice on the Buddhist path of meditation.

Every session is suitable for beginners and is guided by an experienced instructor. You can sit on a chair or on a cushion on the floor, wherever you are comfortable and there are no difficult postures or complicated techniques.

When our hearts and minds are filled with love we naturally experience happiness and well-being, yet many of us feel a poverty of love, which we may experience as either feeling unloved or not being able to love others as fully as we would wish.

Loving Kindness meditation is a method that helps us to develop unconditional love, starting with developing a healthy and loving relationship with ourselves and then extending out into all our relationships and ultimately to all beings

Guided Temple Visits

For July-August at 1.45pm; this is an opportunity to view the first and only Tibetan Buddhist temple in Ireland, and to hear about how it came to be here on the Beara peninsula. Our guide Matt and his team will explain the unique architecture, sacred decoration, images and statues.

The visit is free but you are welcome to make a donation.

Mini-Retreats

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:30am to 2pm
Fee €40; Concession €35
As places are limited, early booking is advised

Mini-Retreats with experienced meditation teachers introduce simple yet profound methods of meditation and contemplation, that can help you to bring more ease, insight, compassion and inspiration into your life. The fee includes a delicious vegetarian lunch.

Wednesday 17 July
The Essence of Buddhism with Valerie Baker
From meditation apps to Buddha statues, Buddhism is known around the world. But what is Buddhism really and what did the Buddha teach? Can these teachings on wisdom and compassion support us in navigating the uncertain times we live in?
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Saturday 20 July
The Joy of Simplicity with Susan Browne
Focus on meditation practice as a way to savour the uniqueness of each moment and rediscover the joy of simply being.
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Monday 22  July
The Art of Looking Within with Derek Corr
We spend much of our time looking “outward” so what would life be like if we begin to look within? Explore meditation and a new way of looking at the world.
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Wednesday 24 July
How to Meditate with Kirsten DeLeo
Through meditation we can learn to let go of too much thinking and gradually become more present and calm.
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Saturday 27 July
Understanding the Mind to Understand Ourselves with Susan Browne
Meditation is the way to come to know our mind, bring insight and discover a greater stability no matter what we encounter.
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Monday 29 July
We Are What We Think with Christine Whiteside
Learn to work with perception in a positive day-to-day way and begin to see that there is more to mind than thinking.
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Monday 31 July
Self Compassion with John Douglas
Self Compassion can be a wonderful source of comfort that all of us can discover within ourselves.
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Saturday 3 August
Loving Kindness with Alvina Cassidy
When our hearts and minds are filled with love we naturally experience happiness and well-being.
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Monday 5 August
Discovering a Treasury of Blessings with Jeff DeLeo
The practice of The Treasury of Blessings allows us to develop our qualities of meditation and insight by focusing on the form and qualities of Buddha Shakyamuni in order to receive his blessings.
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Wednesday 7 August
How to Meditate with Kirsten DeLeo
Through meditation we can gradually learn to become more calm, clear and present – feeling at home within ourselves.
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Saturday 10 August
The Joy of Simplicity with Susan Browne
Focus on meditation practice as a way to savour the uniqueness of each moment and rediscover the joy of simply being.
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Monday 12 August
The Art of Looking Within with Derek Corr
We spend much of our time looking “outward” so what would life be like if we begin to look within? Explore meditation and a new way of looking at the world.
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Wednesday 14 August
Self Compassion with John Douglas
Self Compassion can be a wonderful source of comfort that all of us can discover within ourselves
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Saturday 17 August
Loving Kindness with Alvina Cassidy
When our hearts and minds are filled with love we naturally experience happiness and well-being.
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Saturday 19 August
The Heart Practice for Difficult Times with John Douglas
When things are difficult in our lives, there are methods from the Buddhist tradition that can be helpful for easing, releasing and transforming our feelings.
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Wednesday 21 August
We Are What We Think with Christine Whiteside
Learn to work with perception in a positive day-to-day way and begin to see that there is more to mind than thinking.
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Saturday 24 August
Understanding the Mind to Understand Ourselves with Susan Browne
Meditation is the way to come to know our mind, bring insight and discover a greater stability no matter what we encounter.
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Monday 26 August
Discovering a Treasury of Blessings with Jeff DeLeo
The practice of The Treasury of Blessings allows us to develop our qualities of meditation and insight by focusing on the form and qualities of Buddha Shakyamuni in order to receive his blessings.
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Move to Meditate

Fridays and Sundays 10:30am to 12 pm
Fee €15 Concession €12
As places are limited, early booking is advised

Based on Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga and suitable for all ages and fitness levels, these movement and breathing exercises restore the body’s natural rhythms and calm the mind – making them a very effective gateway to meditation practice and a great support to integrating meditation in our daily lives. Wear comfortable clothing, no yoga outfit necessary! You can choose if you want to book lunch when you sign-up online.

Friday 19 July Move to Meditate
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Sunday 21 July Move to Meditate
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Friday 26 July Move to Meditate
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Sunday 28 July Move to Meditate
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Friday 2 August Move to Meditate
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Sunday 4 August Move to Meditate
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Friday 9 August Move to Meditate
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Sunday 11 August Move to Meditate
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Friday 16 August Move to Meditate
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Sunday 18 August Move to Meditate
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Friday 23 August Move to Meditate
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Sunday 25 August Move to Meditate
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Dharma Talks – Discovering Buddhism

Tuesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
No fee (donations welcome)
As places are limited, early booking is advised

What is Buddhism really and what did the Buddha teach? Can these ancient teachings on wisdom and compassion support us in navigating  these uncertain times? Join us for an evening talk to explore how this 2,500 year old tradition remains relevant and practical in our modern lives.

Tuesday 23 July Discovering Buddhism with Rob van Willegen
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Tuesday 30 July Discovering Buddhism with Kirsten DeLeo
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Tuesday 6 August Discovering Buddhism with Rob van Willegen
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Tuesday 13 August Discovering Buddhism with Kirsten DeLeo
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Tuesday 20 August Discovering Buddhism with Rob van Willegen
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Our Teachers

You can find out more about our teachers on our Teacher Biography page here.

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.

Read our visitor information here.