The Temple Project
In May 2009, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, a uniquely qualified Tibetan master, visited Dzogchen Beara to advise on the temple design, location and orientation. Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche has supervised numerous temple projects, including the Temple at Lerab Ling (Rigpa’s main retreat centre, located in France) which was consecrated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008.
The temple at Dzogchen Beara will be built in the style of a traditional Tibetan monastery, a form of architecture designed to be an inspiring symbol of the Buddha’s teachings. The projected completion date is October 2017.
Why build a temple? The renowned Tibetan lama Mingyur Rinpoche answers, “If you were to ask how beneficial it is to create a place where people go to gain peace and happiness in their minds, I would say that the benefit is enormous. Why? Because most of our problems are, in fact, caused by our minds. Therefore, building a place where we can find peace and happiness in our minds can only be beneficial, in the widest possible sense.”
Orgyen Tobgyal Rinopche returned to Dzogchen Beara in October 2015 to bless the site of the temple. He said that, according to the ancient art of geomancy, this location at the south-western tip of Europe is a “power place” and building a temple here, at this specific time, will bring renewal and healing to Ireland as well as benefitting the whole world.
“If you build this temple here in Dzogchen Beara, and inside erect representations of the enlightened body, speech and mind, and have practitioners practise there, then this will be the cause for the teachings to remain for long and will have enormous benefit for the world at large; protecting against famine, against war and epidemics and so on.”
Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen Beara, 17/10/2015
The main temple structure
The main temple structure has now been completed. The structure was designed keeping in mind that the temple is going to be a central focus of the Buddhas teachings for centuries to come, by maximizing the strength of the structural materials the overall longevity of the temple has been increased to a monumental structure, ensuring the building will withstand the test of time and the wild Atlantic weather.
Everything contains the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space. Sometimes these elements manifest in extraordinary ways, as in the natural environment at Dzogchen Beara.
Great masters tell us the power of the location of the Dzogchen Beara temple makes it especially important for the future of Buddhism, and that blessings of healing and protection will flow from there, to touch the whole world.
The main structure is now complete. The building materials were selected for their resilience, and the highest standards of design and engineering will ensure the temple withstands the test of time and Atlantic weather, for many hundreds of years to come.
Now we’re asking for your help to harness the elemental energies of electricity, air, plumbing and AV/IT, to bring the temple completely to life, as a place of teaching, study and practice. You can also support construction of ancillary buildings or the planting of trees as an auspicious protective barrier to the north.
The Dzogchen Beara shop was created to offer people another way to be able to contribute to the development of the Dzogchen Beara Temple.