Directed by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master in the Kagyu tradition, the island is open to all, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Since Rokpa Trust bought the Holy Isle in 1992 it has always been Lama Yeshe's intention to build a centre open to people of all faiths. This is in keeping with his wish to make the island available to as wide a group of people as possible. It is hoped that the Centre will become a focal point for interfaith work and retreat and be a peaceful refuge in this hectic modern world.
Celtic Christians sought the solitude of Holy Isle to support their prayer and meditation, just as the Tibetan yogis did in the Himalayas. The powerful nature of these places becomes charged with the energy of spiritual practice which can touch the heart and inspire the mind. The link forged with Tibet's ancient spiritual tradition is re-awakening Holy Isle to its sacred purpose. Separated from the busy world, this sacred island provides accommodation for both short and long retreats. It is a place to experience inner peace, to discover creativity and to find meaning in this precious human life.
To protect Holy Isle as a sacred space, we request that all who visit or stay here will endeavour to be in harmony with the island's aims of promoting world peace and health by following the Five Golden Rules:
- To respect life and refrain from killing
- To respect other people's property and refrain from stealing
- To speak the truth and refrain from lying
- To encourage health and refrain from intoxicants (including alcohol, cigarettes and drugs)
- To respect others and refrain from sexual activity that harms others