Ireland’s first Tibetan Buddhist temple will open in 2019 in rural West Cork at an estimated total cost of 3.5 million euros.
In 2008, the Dzogchen Beara Buddhist Meditation Center began planning to build a temple in the traditional Tibetan style. The community hopes it will be a place to cultivate peace and happiness.
The temple will be 14 1/2 meters high, with a ground floor capable of accommodating 300 visitors for retreats, meditations and conferences.
The project manager, Leon Rossiter, told the Irish Times that he wants the structure to last for hundreds of years. Solid concrete walls, ring dorades and galvanized steel have all been incorporated into the construction to ensure longevity. The foundation of the temple rests on four meters of rocks.
“We believe that if we invest money now, we won’t have to invest more in the future,” Rossiter told the Time.
Every aspect of the temple has been carefully considered, including window placement, acoustics and lighting. There will be underfloor heating and wooden floors, and the design team will source as many materials as possible from local companies, such as the temple’s copper roofing.
Although planned for the summer of 2019, the opening of the temple will be highly dependent on funding. So far, 1.8 million euros have already been collected and the Dzogchen Beara community is confident that the rest will come.
“Some days the donations are small but they still come in,” said Kathryn O’Flaherty, hospitality manager, at Time. “We know this magnificent temple will be built and as a community we are so excited for what it will offer people.
According to the 2016 census, the Buddhist population rose to 10,000 in Ireland, an increase of 11% over six years.