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"Anything worth doing isn't done for a reason." -- Cherie Sogsti

205--Ireland: Dzochen Beara, a Spiritual Spa
@ CherieSpotting     Mar 31 2004 - 10:34 PST
cherie writes: Amongst the rugged shore-lined cliffs of Ireland, are groups of Buddhists on personal spiritual retreats. Some dedicate 3 years of their life to the retreats, while others commit 1-year of isolation to their spiritual journey. For Buddhists with less time, there are cottages for retreats of a few months. For travelers like me, there is a hostel. The hostel is a charming farm-house where your spirit can be refreshed with few days of peaceful living.

Dzogchen Beara is a place where people come to practice kindness, to cultivate their spirituality, and to rest their weary souls. Personal freedom is celebrated and stillness lingers in the air like an Irish mist.

The retreat operates under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist master and author of, “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” which has been translated into 27 languages and sold over 1.6 million copies.

The retreat is a place of raw, pristine and rugged beauty. A typical day might include breakfast, meditation, and then a walk along the seaside green-hills.

The silence of Dzogchen Beara immense and powerful. Words are often exchanged with glances as Buddhists avoid chatter and practice “thoughtful speech.”

As we departed on an afternoon hike Drew looked at me wearing a smile of complete peace. “This experience is like a spiritual spa,” he said.

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When I used to manage a car dealership, I was always on edge.  But never like this!

When I used to manage a car dealership, I was always on edge. But never like this!

Drew has arrived.

Drew has arrived.

Cherie, on the rocky cliff.

Cherie, on the rocky cliff.

The beauty stretchs to the horizon.

The beauty stretchs to the horizon.

The water glistens as if it were spinkled with jewels.

The water glistens as if it were spinkled with jewels.

A different view lurks behind every corner.

A different view lurks behind every corner.

My world is blue (but that isn't so bad.)

My world is blue (but that isn't so bad.)

Cherie, relaxing by the sea.

Cherie, relaxing by the sea.

A Drew with a view.

A Drew with a view.

The shimmering sea.

The shimmering sea.

Cherie.

Cherie.

Drew over-looking the sea.

Drew over-looking the sea.

I'm a bit on edge.

I'm a bit on edge.

Profile of Drew.

Profile of Drew.

Worth every step of the climb.

Worth every step of the climb.

Cherie by the sea.

Cherie by the sea.

Look at that!

Look at that!

Thousands of years and thousands of storms battered these rocks into beauty.

Thousands of years and thousands of storms battered these rocks into beauty.

There is a great book called: Buddhism for Sheep.

There is a great book called: Buddhism for Sheep.

This looks like a peaceful place to rest.  As long as I don't move.

This looks like a peaceful place to rest. As long as I don't move.

Cherie and Drew.

Cherie and Drew.

Andy, Richard and Enrico.

Andy, Richard and Enrico.

Richard and Enrico explore a bit.

Richard and Enrico explore a bit.

The unlucky sheep.

The unlucky sheep.

A wave from Drew.

A wave from Drew.

Drew hiding.

Drew hiding.

You could smell the purity of the running water.

You could smell the purity of the running water.

On every hike, you must remember to stop and smell the flowers.  These tiny yellow ones smell like coconuts!

On every hike, you must remember to stop and smell the flowers. These tiny yellow ones smell like coconuts!

I stepped in one too many bogs.

I stepped in one too many bogs.

A flower and a feather in the mud.

A flower and a feather in the mud.

Time to relax.

Time to relax.

The rugged coastline.

The rugged coastline.

He was posing for the photo!

He was posing for the photo!

Not a bad location.

Not a bad location.

Drew waves.

Drew waves.

"I love it!"  Drew exclaims

"I love it!" Drew exclaims

Can you find Drew in this shot?  (Hint: look for the x.)

Can you find Drew in this shot? (Hint: look for the x.)

A remarkable view.

A remarkable view.

Cherie with the sheep.

Cherie with the sheep.