At the top of the island, amongst the ancient walls of the monastery's beehive huts, Rinpoche lead a practice of Riwo Sangchö.
Dzogchen Beara, entitled Awakening the Mind, Softening the Heart, Rinpoche stressed the importance of strong faith, confidence and perseverance on the path of meditation for which the blessings of the environment is very helpful. He said:
Skellig Michael is a great example. For 600 years many great monks lived in these minimal, primitive conditions for a higher purpose, for a higher cause and have definitely had great results. I am sure many saints came from there. To visit this place is a great experience for us now, even after so many centuries, it has the power to inspire us. Ireland has a lot of great places like that, in the western world it is very unique.(Story, Matt Padwick, Photos courtesy of Veronica Nicholson)