Residential & Volunteer Opportunities

Job Opportunities at Tara Mandala

Year Round Residential Jobs:

Please click on job title for more information and application

IT & Website Maintenance Manager

Director of Operations

Land & Facilities Manager

Lead Cook



 Living Dharma Volunteer (LDV) Program

DSC_0374 (2)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 30 hours per week and on occasion up to 35 hours at an assigned job and all LDV’s commit to a one month trial period. For the seasonal summer position we accept applicants able to make at least a one-month commitment, with priority given to those who can make a three-month commitment or more. For the Year-Round Program (YRP) we are looking for applicants who can make a commitment of at least one year, and we can grant possible extensions. As well, there is a possibility that YRP volunteers might be able to move into a core staff position after their one-year anniversary is reached.

Work assignments for both summer and YRP volunteers can occur in:

  • Kitchen
  • Temple
  • Facilities maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Gardens
  • Grounds
  • Reception
  • Administration
  • IT
  • Audio / Visual
  • Data entry
  • Retreat assistance
  • Tara Mandala Retail Store
  • And more!

The Summer Retreat Season LDV program includes:

  • Three vegetarian meals per day.
  • Daily all-community practice, as well as time and space for personal 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 either outdoor camping or community gendered yurts (you provide camping gear).
  • Partial participation in the Three Yana Retreat, offered in June or one other retreat of your choice.
  • Access to a Kaliyanamitra (Spiritual friend / mentor) assigned by Lama Tsültrim
  • One or two personal interviews with Lama Tsültrim to offer guidance and clarification on your spiritual path


Year-Long LDV Program

As an LDV participating in the year long program, there will be a one month trial period to make sure it’s a good fit for Tara Mandala and the volunteer. Life in a spiritual community can be challenging at times so before you make a commitment for the year we will have a check a in, at one month, and then again at three months. This has been designed to ensure maximum benefit for Tara Mandala as an organization, Tara Mandala as a spiritual community and most importantly you as the LDV.

During your 1 year commitment we offer and expect participation in:

  • Weekly Dharma class / discussion group
  • Participation in daily practice
  • Time and space for enhancing your personal practice
  • Partial participation in the 3 Yana retreat or one other retreat of your choice
  • Food stipend from October through March, as there are no organized meals during this time.
  • Three week-long Dharma intensives related to teachings of the Buddha and Lama Tsültrim’s lineage. Teachings will take place with one of Lama Tsultrims authorized teachers over a seven to ten day period, with practice in the morning, Dharma teachings from 4-5pm and then practice again from 5:00 – 6:30, with two day longs as well. Tara Mandala will offer up to 3-4 different retreats between late Oct and mid-April.

Topics & Teachers

  • Mindfulness Training: Shamatha & Vipashyana – with an Authorized Teacher
  • Green Tara – with Lama Tsültrim
  • White Dakini (Tsogyel Karmo)- with Lama Tsültrim


For more detailed information and the Living Dharma application please visit our Living Dharma Volunteer Program page


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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