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.
Job Opportunities at Tara Mandala
Tara Mandala Store Manager
This is a salaried residential position with commission based incentives, for someone interested in living at Tara Mandala, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. It involves 40 hours per week with hours regulated according to the retreat schedules, offering a package that includes health insurance; 2 weeks/ year paid vacation and 2 weeks/year solo staff retreat time; as well as opportunities to be present at programs as time allows.
Tara Mandala Director of Programs
The Program Director provides the leadership and direction for the programs associated with Tara Mandala. The Director oversees the retreat coordination teams at Tara Mandala composed of paid and volunteer staff. A key responsibility of this position is to develop new program initiatives, working with Lama Tsultrim and the authorized teachers internationally. The Program Director reports to the Executive Director maintaining a close relationship with the Spiritual Director.
Tara Mandala Finance Manager
It is responsibility of the Finance Manager to provide the oversight and direction of the finance department in collaboration with the EC and ED of Tara Mandala. Duties include training and supervision of staff; identification, implementation and documentation of internal controls, processes and procedures relative to the proper use of QuickBooks software (2014) and the handling of financial data and instruments. The finance manager maintains a constant finger on the pulse of the actual account balances on-line at Bank of Colorado. Report and collaborate regularly (daily/weekly) with the ED regarding the status of funds in the bank. Facilitates timely deposits and other bank transactions as required.