Wednesday, 3 June 2009

New Temple Project at Dzogchen Beara, Ireland

In June 2008, Sogyal Rinpoche proposed building Ireland’s first Tibetan Buddhist Temple at Dzogchen Beara, Rigpa's retreat centre on the south-west coast.

Since then, a volunteer team has been investigating different options for its location and design.

Last month, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche visited Dzogchen Beara to advise on the temple, especially its design, location and orientation.


Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche is a uniquely qualified Tibetan master, who has supervised numerous temple projects, including the Temple at Lerab Ling, Rigpa's main retreat centre located in France.

The volunteer design team presented the results of their initial research to Rinpoche during his three-day visit.

Using the ancient art of geomancy, and following advice given in traditional texts to determine the correct site and orientation of a temple, Rinpoche gave the team detailed guidance on different aspects of the project.

And a site for the temple, overlooking the meditation garden, was chosen.

Like the temple at Lerab Ling, the temple at Dzogchen Beara will be built in the style of a traditional Tibetan monastery, a unique form of architecture that is an inspiring symbol of the Buddha’s teachings.

The Temple at Lerab Ling

After Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche's visit, the design team have gone back to work assimilating all his advice into a new proposal – Scheme 15.

To learn more about Temple Project Ireland, to follow the Temple's progress, to join the Founder's Circle or to make a donation, go to www.temple.dzogchenbeara.org.

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