Dzogchen Beara Retreats


  • Dzogchen Beara Centers


  • May 12, 2017 - 3 days
    Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche was born as the eldest daughter of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen Gyurme Künzang Wangyal, the 11th throne holder of the renowned Mindrolling lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Throughout its history, some of the greatest masters of their time have been born within the Mindrolling lineage including the unique lineage of female masters known as the Jetsünma…
  • May 19, 2017 - 3 days
    Does your working life seem harder than it should? Do you long for Friday and dread Monday? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions you may be one of the 25% of workers in the EU who experience stress on a regular basis.Our desire to do well at work can lead to stress that actually undermines our capacity for innovation, decision-making and good communication, as well as sapping our sense of…
  • Apr 28, 2017 - 4 days
    In the Buddhist teachings compassion is traditionally explained in terms of four qualities; love, compassion, joy and equanimity. When these are developed to their fullest extent, they are known as the Four Immeasurables. During this weekend we will explore what these qualities of compassion can mean to each of us in a very personal way; how they can radically transform our relationships with…
  • Jun 30, 2017 - 10 days
    The summer retreat is our main event of the year, a unique opportunity to receive teachings from Sogyal Rinpoche in the extraordinary environment of Dzogchen Beara. Everyone is welcome! Sogyal Rinpoche is a world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet and author of the ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’, of which over three million copies have been printed, in 34 languages. He is also the…
  • Jun 13, 2017 - 4 days
    Take a break to slow down, unplug, relax and come home to yourself. We can easily become overwhelmed by the relentless distractions of our daily lives. Our attention is dragged in countless directions with status updates, texts and tweets, opinions and arguments; things to see, to follow, to do, to own. Our lives are so frenetic, mostly we don’t even realise how distracted we are! Buddha taught…
  • You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms. Terence McKenna
  • May 26, 2017 - 3 days
    A weekend of teachings with a highly learned Tibetan Buddhist Lama and author. Trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters, Ringu Tulku is known for the engaging humour and clarity of his teachings and for his love of traditional stories from around the world. Rinpoche’s fluent English and warm, friendly teaching style is appreciated at Dharma centres around the…
  • Jun 2, 2017 - 4 days
    Take a break from the ordinary, to relax and learn an effective meditation technique that will enrich your life with greater mindfulness and awareness.Learn how to establish a simple daily meditation practice at home, and how the proven benefits of this will permeate your daily life, no matter how busy you are.This restful weekend will have a spacious programme, including time for yourself,…
  • Jun 16, 2017 - 3 days
    This weekend will offer an enjoyable introduction to ‘First Nature’ voice work. This approach works with body, breath, voice and hearing – within the context of developing a compassionate approach to ourselves and the world we move in – to rediscover the joy, ease and many other benefits of embodying our true voice. The First Nature journey is a process of self-discovery and…

  • Dzogchen Beara Teachers

    • Rigpa Senior Instructor Christine Whiteside has been a student of Buddhism since she first met Sogyal Rinpoche in 1978 and is a founder member of…

    • Rigpa Senior Instructor Originally from Cork, Valerie moved to Dzogchen Beara in 1994, where she made a valuable contribution to the work of the…

    • Senior Meditation Insructor John Douglas first became interested in Buddhism in 1990 and spent 15 years as a member of staff at Dzogchen Beara Retreat…

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  • Jul 21, 2017 - 3 days
    Suitable for those who are personally experiencing bereavement.Grief is a natural response to the ongoing loss we experience when someone close to us dies. In this retreat, using meditation and reflections, we will explore ways to be with our sorrow and to understand change and impermanence.The shock of separation and bereavement is often accompanied by feelings of intense sadness, distress or…
  • Aug 4, 2017 - 4 days
    Spend a Bank Holiday Weekend experiencing mindfulness in action through meditation and relaxed walking on beautiful trails. If you find that meditation does not come easily in your city room, be inventive and go out into nature. Nature is always an unfailing fountain of Inspiration. Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. This popular retreat focuses on cultivating mindfulness in…
  • Jul 29, 2017 - 4 days
    This retreat presents a rare opportunity to receive a complete transmission of this classic Tibetan Buddhist sacred text. The Words of My Perfect Teacher was composed by the great Nyingma master, Patrul Rinpoche.The work is an explanation of the Longchen Nyingtik ngöndro, the preliminary practices from the Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings, discovered by Jikmé Lingpa.This famous commentary is…
  • Oct 4, 2017 - 5 days
    “Listening is a far more difficult process than most people imagine. Really to listen is to let go utterly of ourselves, to let go of all the information, all the concepts, all the ideas and all the prejudices that our heads are stuffed with.” Sogyal Rinpoche Deep Listening is an advanced professional training which enables participants to truly listen to another person with mindfulness and…
  • Sep 29, 2017 - 3 days
    The aim of this retreat is to support our own healing, self-compassion and a process of forgiveness; to enable more compassionate and authentic interactions with partners, family members and work colleagues. Sometimes, in our relationship with others, we are left with feelings of disappointment, pain, grief, fear or hurt. These feelings can be hard to deal with and can keep coming back. This…
  • Oct 4, 2017 - 5 days
    “Listening is a far more difficult process than most people imagine. Really to listen is to let go utterly of ourselves, to let go of all the information, all the concepts, all the ideas and all the prejudices that our heads are stuffed with.” Sogyal Rinpoche Deep Listening is an advanced professional training which enables participants to truly listen to another person with mindfulness and…
  • Sep 14, 2017 - 4 days
    This is a follow on seminar of Deep Listening Training for those who have already done a Deep Listening Intensive seminar in Ireland or elsewhere. New training material will be covered, supported by extensive experiential exercises, to look even more deeply at what is happening in the listening relationship. “Listening is a far more difficult process than most people imagine. Really to listen is…
  • Sep 14, 2017 - 4 days
    This is a follow on seminar of Deep Listening Training for those who have already done a Deep Listening Intensive seminar in Ireland or elsewhere. New training material will be covered, supported by extensive experiential exercises, to look even more deeply at what is happening in the listening relationship. “Listening is a far more difficult process than most people imagine. Really to listen is…
  • Oct 27, 2017 - 4 days
    An introduction to meditations which offer gentle yet powerful tools to open our hearts and minds, to connect with the immeasurable treasury of love within us and to develop empathy and kindness far beyond conventional limitations. It is a timeless spiritual truth that we all have an immeasurable treasury of love within us. 2,500 years ago the Buddha taught his disciples the meditations on Loving…
  • Dec 1, 2017 - 8 days
    This retreat is open to anyone with previous experience of meditation. “Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves, in endless activity; meditation, on the other hand, is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being, beyond all habitual patterns.” Sogyal Rinpoche Practicing meditation in a retreat environment is a special…
  • Dec 8, 2017 - 3 days
    “The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well.” Sogyal Rinpoche A complete introduction to meditation and bringing the benefit of our practice into daily life. Suitable for…
  • Nov 24, 2017 - 3 days
    Suitable for those who are personally experiencing bereavement.Grief is a natural response to the ongoing loss we experience when someone close to us dies. In this retreat, using meditation and reflections, we will explore ways to be with our sorrow and to understand change and impermanence.The shock of separation and bereavement is often accompanied by feelings of intense sadness, distress or…
  • Sep 22, 2017 - 3 days
    Take a break from the ordinary, to relax and learn an effective meditation technique that will enrich your life with greater mindfulness and awareness.Learn how to establish a simple daily meditation practice at home, and how the proven benefits of this will permeate your daily life, no matter how busy you are.This restful weekend will have a spacious programme, including time for yourself,…
  • Dec 28, 2017 - 5 days
    Traditionally the New Year is a time for making a fresh start and seeing what direction we would like our life to take.This retreat is an ideal opportunity to reflect on our priorities and to begin the coming year in a way in tune with our natural wish for true happiness and well-being.The essence of developing a spiritual approach to life is learning to embrace any situation as an opportunity to…
  • Oct 17, 2017 - 3 days
    A mid-week retreat, which has been specially developed for the over-50s.Meditation is a wise and skilful way of coming to understand and relate to all of our our experiences with awareness and presence.It introduces us to a way of “being” rather than “doing” which can bring a profound sense of wellness and a surprising acceptance as we face the challenges of life at any age.In this retreat…
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