Ratna Ling work study volunteers work in one of three organizations on our property, Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Yeshe De Text Preservation Project and Dharma Publishing. Each is an opportunity to put into practice many of Tarthang Tulku’s teachings. We are always welcoming new volunteers for all three organizations! This year-round residential work-study opportunity combines meaningful work with opportunities for self-growth. Need not be Buddhist to apply. Seeking those with a sincere interest and a strong work ethic.

Why work here?

Skillful Means-Work as a spiritual practice

Noting that most Americans make strong distinctions between work and their private time, tending to regard work as a burdensome necessity rather than as an opportunity for growth and accomplishment, Tarthang Tulku introduced Skillful Means as a way to help readers find greater satisfaction in work and life. Published in 1978, Skillful Means , is a collection of teachings and practices that guide students and volunteers toward a work experience that is meaningful and satisfying. For Dharma students, work can be an effective spiritual exercise, a practice in mindfulness and the means of perfecting six spiritual qualities, from generosity to discipline and patience, foundation of vigor, concentration, and wisdom. Skillful Means points out how the discipline of work develops awareness, strengthens concentration, and stimulates energy.

Today Ratna Ling volunteers continue to study and practice Skillful Means as a practical guide for turning work into “work practice”; using work as an opportunity to train our minds and gain deeper insights. As part of the Ratna Ling Work Study program, students meet once a week after work to explore the two main books in which these teachings are given: Skillful Means and Mastering Successful Work. Practicing throughout the week, each individual is given countless opportunities during their regular work day to cultivate greater self-knowledge and use the insight and experience of their practice to make positive changes in their work and life.

For more about the Skillful Means class, check out the class offerings.

You will also recieve:

Living allowance stipend ($150 per month)

Job training in marketable skills, or contribute your own

Evening classes on the philosophy and practice of Buddhism

Skillful Means training – self-development to activate your best knowledge & potential

Working for the benefit of others

Phone: 510 809 4995
Email: volunteer@ratnaling.org
35755 Hauser Bridge Rd
Cazadero, CA 95421