“What you are doing here is the most important work in the world. In your life, the most important work is to help others with good heart, with love and compassion…Other beings need our help so much. It is best to think of others’ happiness. By doing good things for others – if we help others with good heart, love and compassion – this results in happiness. Making others physically and mentally happy, this one act makes both of you happy for all your future lives. This brings happiness to the whole world.”
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 4th January 2006
Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that centres like Mahamudra exist as places for us to purify our negative imprints and create merit. Offering service at a dharma centre at times one can feel totally blessed and others when it can be quite a challenge. But always it is an unbelievably precious and valuable opportunity for practice. Volunteers should have a positive connection with and sincere respect for Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the work and values of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) to which we are affiliated.
Volunteering at Mahamudra
Our centre is busy, so we have an ongoing need for volunteers throughout the year. The centre offers lodging in our volunteer dorm, free daily meditation, and free access to courses as duties permit for all of our volunteers. We do not provide meals or food but volunteers have access to our kitchen to prepare their own meals. We ask our volunteers to work 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. The work is varied but includes gardening, maintenance, accommodation preparation and other housekeeping tasks, and assisting with projects and tasks. Volunteers may stay for a few days or up to three months; however before committing, please consider whether you can live contentedly in a somewhat isolated rural area for an extended period of time. It is really important that volunteers at Mahamudra Centre have a positive connection to Buddhist Dharma, in order to benefit by serving the needs of the centre as described by lama Zopa Rinpoche above.
We’re grateful for any offering of special skills. Some examples of current needs include digital archiving, librarian cataloguing, spiritual programme support, carpentry and flooring, graphic design, and more. Please contact us if you wish to volunteer at our centre.
Mahamudra, is an amazing place! Venerable Nangsel and Sarah make all the volunteers feel welcome and appreciated. My time here was so valuable and went way too fast!!
I volunteered as Housekeeper [for three months], but it involved so much more than just cleaning! I helped wherever was needed, cooking, pumping water, changing gas bottles, running errands, some gardening around the grounds and veggie garden. There was also different little projects to become involved with. I worked with a great team and met many interesting locals/guests on retreat.
Venerable Yonten (teacher) is so knowledgeable. Everyone here is kind and patient, it creates a warm friendly atmosphere perfect for quiet time, self reflection in a picturesque part of the Coromandel Peninsular. For sure I know it’s one special place I’ll be back to.
Thank you from all of us at Mahamudra Centre and on behalf of all the practitioners and visitors yet to come.