Residential & Volunteer Opportunities


Living Dharma Volunteer Program

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.

Volunteer Benefits

                      • 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.

Local Volunteer Program

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.

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 Job Opportunities at Tara Mandala

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Full Time Permanent Staffing Positions

IT and Website Maintenance Manager

Land and Facility Management

Seasonal Staffing Positions

Volunteer Coordinator

Kitchen Manager

Head Cook

Lead Cook