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) or gendered dormitory yurts.
- 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
Marketing and Product Development Director
SUMMARY OF POSITION
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.
Program Director and Retreat Manager
SUMMARY OF POSITION
Tara Mandala is seeking a full-time Program Director and Retreat Manager. The Director provides the leadership and direction for all programs associated with Tara Mandala and is a member of the senior mandala management team. The Program Director is the liaison between Satellite Sanghas and Authorized Teachers and Tara Mandala. During retreat season, this position also acts as Retreat Manager and oversees the retreat 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 nationally and internationally. The Program Director and Retreat Manager reports to the Executive Director and maintains a close relationship with the Spiritual Director.