Rigpa Athlone – Celebrating 20 years

This year we joyfully celebrate 20 years since the opening of Rigpa Athlone. Establishing the centre was something that came about very naturally and was motivated by the simple wish of sharing the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings. 

The centre opened in 2003. Before that we had hosted a number of successful events with visiting instructors from Ireland including Christine Whiteside and Andrew Warr from Dzogchen Beara and Martin Leonard from Limerick. They all very generously supported us when getting started.

Over the years so many people have passed through the centre attending courses and events and making a connection with the Buddhist teachings and also with Dzogchen Beara. Recently we had a visit from a very curious Chinese student attending the university in Athlone who was simply amazed to see a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the middle of Ireland.

Sogyal Rinpoche never came to Athlone but once I did have the opportunity to show him some photos of the centre and asked him to bless our activity. Later I heard him say he was amazed that centres had even opened in places he had never visited. I’m not sure he was talking about Athlone but I hoped he was!

A number of years ago the centre hosted two well known Thai monks who were visiting Ireland. At that time a Thai Buddhist group would meet regularly at the centre. So many people attended the teaching you literally could not get in the door. I was genuinely worried the floor would give way! 

Our current activities include  a weekly open evening at the centre that anyone can attend. We also co host the weekly online AEP program for the National Sangha and the online monthly Dzogchen Mandala study program.  

A  heartfelt thanks to all the people who continue to support us.

Anthony McCay

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Meditation & The Four Noble Truths 
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20th September - 20th June 2024

Time to Meditate Tuesdays Dz. Beara
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3rd October - 24th December 2024

The Way of the Great Perfection
17th October - 25th June 2024

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8th January - 16th December 2024

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17th January - 26th June 2024