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


Marketing and Product Development Director

Tara Mandala is seeking a full-time Marketing and Product Development Director.  The director maintains the Tara Mandala brand  and executes regular email communications, social media, marketing activities and public relations for Tara Mandala. A key responsibility of this position is to develop and implement new marketing initiatives, products and PR strategies for Tara Mandala on a national and international level in collaboration with the Spiritual Director, Lama Tsultrim, and the Executive Director.  The Director reports to the Executive Director and maintains a close relationship with the Spiritual Director.

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Maintenance and Facilities Manager

Job Opportunity: Tara Mandala is excited to announce a position caring for our precious land and buildings. We are seeking an energetic experienced maintenance and facilities assistant manager to join our team, who is also a practitioner in our lineage. The applicant should have an understanding of building systems, maintenance procedures, and general construction practices. Duties will include routine check up and trouble shooting of all electrical, plumbing, and heating systems Maintenance of wood structures, including light carpentry, oiling and painting. Trash removal and winter snow removal. Knowledge of solar power   systems would be a plus. Starting April 1 or soon thereafter.
For further information contact John Harper at or you may call 970-731-3711×109.

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.

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