Ah, what a busy autumn its been! My camera is laden with pictures and I have so many sights to share with you. I’ll try to get to the blog more often, but it is hard to stay indoors when we are graced with nice weather. Our summer was a wash out needless to say, so we take the sunny days with gratitude whenever we can get them.
A few days ago we decided to venture over to Dzogchen Beara, a short drive from the town of Castletownbere. Dzogchen Beara is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre welcoming people of any nationality and religion. It runs under the spiritual direction of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. They have created a Spiritual Care Centre for those in need. The surroundings are magnificent, serene, and well worth the visit.
The sun was shining and the wind was warm, like the last kiss of summer. Wanting to stretch our legs and stop somewhere for tea afterward, we decided to make our way to the retreat centre. They have a small shop, a place to eat and enjoy a coffee or tea, walking paths, a silent garden for meditation, and hidden places to sit, reflect and enjoy the scenery. There is even a wonderful coastal hiking path that leads eventually to an exquisite little waterfall. You really do feel as if you’ve transcended the mundane world when you visit this place.
We had to stop and catch our breath in the meditation garden. The view was absolutely breathtaking. No wonder they call it the silent garden. There are no words to describe such powerful, natural beauty.
At the end of our stay we stepped into a little hidden sanctuary containing the figure of the Buddha Amoghasiddhi. The cabinet was filled with butter candles and we each lit one with prayers for our friends and families. A small sign nearby explained the significance of the Buddha’s posture:
- Right hand: mudra of fearless protection. Protecting all living beings from any mishaps, obstacles or negative influences.
- Left hand: rests in the meditative gesture of natural great peace
Thank you to everyone who subscribes to my blog. I truly enjoy receiving your comments and letters. My next blog entry will talk about a wonderful outing I had with the Beara Historical Society to witness the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to Princess Beara. ’til soon!
Would you like to learn more?
Dzogchen Beara Website: Learn more about Dzogchen Beara on their website. They offer weekend retreats, meditation classes, rest and renewal breaks, care retreats and more.
The Spiritual Care Centre: The Spiritual Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara offers valuable support for those who have only a short time to live.
Who is Sogyal Rinpoche? A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Tibetan Buddhism: “The Buddhist tradition of Tibet is recognised as one of the world’s most unique and distinctive spiritual cultures. It is especially respected for the profound wisdom and inner sciences upon which it is based, and its expression of the highest human ideals of compassion, tolerance and peace.”
The Dalai Lama: The Official Website of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
The Buddha Amoghasiddhi: “The name Amoghasiddhi means “Almighty Conqueror” or “He Who Unerringly Achieves His Goal.” Amoghasiddhi’s All-Accomplishing Wisdom, or Wisdom of Perfected Action, antidotes the poison of envy and jealousy. This wisdom confers perseverance, infallible judgment and unerring action.”
Where to find Dzogchen Beara–
Located between Garranes and Gour, just outside Castletownbere