Dzogchen Beara Retreats

  • 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…

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  • 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…
  • 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…

  • 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…

    • 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…

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

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  • Feb 10, 2018 - 8 days
    During this 7-day retreat we can enter deeply into the gentle yet powerful practice of Loving Kindness.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…
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