The intention of the Living Dharma program is to give volunteers the ability to integrate Dharma practice and mindfulness with all aspects of daily life through the integration of work service, a spiritual curriculum, and community living.
Volunteers work 35 hours/week at an assigned job and commit to a minimum of one month, up to three months, of time, with possible extensions granted. Work areas include the Kitchen, Temple, Lama Service, Garden, Land Crew, Retreat Setup/Breakdown, Housekeeping, Dakini Store, and the Office.
- Three vegetarian meals per day.
- Daily all-community practice.
- Weekly group with Dharma teachers for teachings, study, and discussion.
- Live in a Buddhist practice community, where Dharma and practice permeate all aspects of life and work.
- Housing in outdoor camping (you provide camping gear).
- Partial participation in the Three Yana Retreat, offered in June.
Our local volunteers come from Pagosa Springs, Durango and the surrounding areas. At Tara Mandala we strive to create a work and community environment that reflects the Buddha’s teachings. We see our work as an essential aspect of our spiritual practice. As such, we seek community members who have a sincere interest in and commitment to the exploration of bringing the practice of mindfulness and the Six Paramitas: generosity; discipline; wisdom; concentration; diligence and patience to all activities of daily life. The primary goal of the Local Volunteer program is to offer volunteers the environment in which to integrate these practices.
Residential Job Opportunities
Tara Mandala Store Manager
We are excited to announce we are seeking for a highly motivated entrepreneurial person to continue developing the physical store at Tara Mandala, our online store, and traveling stores at away events in order to fill the needs of our ever growing international community. With the development of Gateway and the Magyu: Mother Lineage programs and with Feeding Your Demonsnow translated into 12 languages we have the opportunity to serve an ever greater community especially with on line downloads of audio programs. There are also many new products that can be developed as well as our new publication company: Machig Publications. Our online store has grown expediently and this is an exciting time for the right person to become Store Manager. The manager will be assisted by the already in place Assistant Store Manager. We are seeking someone with a connection with our lineage and an enthusiasm for living and practicing within our residential community, including daily practice, special days practices and annual staff retreats. Staff members hold specific jobs, but just as importantly they also hold the lineage and the energy of Tara Mandala Retreat Center. Staff members need a grounded relationship with their meditation practice in the lineage practiced at Tara Mandala.