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“Many people today know that they are wasting their time at work and have even learned to consider this normal. Working for the money they can make, they learn to take a very limited view of their own capabilities. Their energy and creativity go into wishful thinking and the pursuit of pleasure. How wonderful if through our actions we could demonstrate a better way!”  Tarthang Tulku, from Mastering Successful Work

For the benefit of self and others…

Are you burnt out from the daily rat race, plugging in countless hours just to make ends meet?

Are you looking to be a part of something significant and meaningful to benefit yourself and others?

Are you seeking work in a community that supports your values and encourages personal growth?

Look no further! The Ratna Ling Retreat Center in the redwood coastal hills of Sonoma County in Northern California may be the perfect match for you. Live and thrive in a truly unique environment where personal inquiry, cooperation and spiritual exploration are supported and encouraged. Enjoy rewarding work and a healthy lifestyle in a country environment while participating in an integrated program of learning.

 Ratna Ling (Tibetan for “Jewel Place”) is a non-profit retreat center and intentional community grounded in Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Supported by a spiritual community of like-minded people dedicated to service to humanity, this year-round residential work-study opportunity allows your skills and enthusiasm to flourish. Seeking those with a sincere interest and a strong work ethic.

To see a list of our current volunteer openings, click here.

As a volunteer …

Bring your practice to life. 2013 by Michelle Pattee

You will receive:

• Housing in cozy, modern cabins with a private bath, outdoor deck, gas fireplace. 2-3 people per cabin.
• Free laundry facilities, WI-FI and domestic phone calls.
• Delicious vegetarian meals, tea and coffee.
• Monthly living allowance of $150 per month.
• Free evening classes in a variety of Buddhist studies, applicable to everyday life: Meditation, Skillful Means (how work can be a path to inner knowledge), Buddhist history and philosophy, and Kum Nye (a style of Tibetan yogic practices).
• Opportunity to engage in an environment where meaningful work and self-development are valued.
• Clean, fresh air, wide open spaces, natural beauty, close proximity to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean.
• The support of a caring, actively engaged community that encourages and builds meaningful interpersonal relationships.

 Skillful Means – Work as Spiritual Practice

Farm-to-Table. 2013 by Michelle PatteeNoting 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.Shipping books to India.

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 with Ralph McFall 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 information, including application and contact information, visit volunteer.ratnaling.org