The Practice of Tonglen

How to open our hearts and change our world, one breath at a time
Bank Holiday Retreat with Kirsten DeLeo
Friday 3 May, 7:30pm to Monday 6 May, 1pm

Tonglen lies at the very heart of training in compassion in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Literally translated, ’tonglen’ means ‘giving and receiving’ and is one of the most powerful compassion meditations to unblock our natural capacity for love.

Using the medium of the breath, the practice of Tonglen offers us a way in which we can actively develop fearless compassion and directly work with suffering. It frees our innate healing energies of wisdom and compassion to transform ourselves and the world we live in.

This retreat is of particular interest to those who are familiar with meditation and the practice of loving-kindness and who wish to deepen their practice.

Kirsten DeLeo will introduce and guide the practice and explore the questions that arise when we engage in the practice.

What are people saying about this retreat?

Kirsten totally embodies all that she teaches. I’m coming away a lighter, more empowered individual with the wonderful tool of Tonglen“. Eleanor


  • Short talks
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Discussions groups
  • Periods of silence
  • Gentle movement exercises (suitable for everyone)
  • Time for rest and relaxation

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 €310
Concession €260

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 is available 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

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Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo is a meditation teacher and author of the award-winning book “Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide for Accompanying the Dying”.
Kirsten has accompanied seriously ill patients and their families for more than twenty-five years and has been immersed in Buddhist practice for over twenty years, including a three-year meditation retreat. She helped to pioneer “Authentic Presence”, one of the first training programmes in contemplative end-of-life care in the US. Kirsten lives near Dzogchen Beara where she teaches regularly and supports the guests of the Spiritual Care Centre. Kirsten is known for her clarity and warmth and shares the practices of meditation and compassion in a down-to-earth way.
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