Volunteering / Work Exchange
Ongoing Volunteer Needs
Mahamudra is a busy centre providing a varied program of dharma teachings and retreats, for which we rely on volunteers’ support throughout the year. The centre offers volunteers lodging in our volunteer dorm with shared showers/toilets, free daily meditation, and free access to courses as duties permit.
Simple vegetarian meals are provided during retreats. Outside retreat programs, you are expected to cook for yourself and we will provide some ingredients.
We ask our volunteers to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. The work is varied but includes housekeeping, gardening, maintenance, and other miscellaneous tasks.
Volunteers may stay for one week 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.
Please be aware that there is no public transportation in the area if you are interested in exploring the area.
Although you do not have to be Buddhist to volunteer at Mahamudra Centre, it is really important that volunteers have a positive connection to Buddhist Dharma and abide by the Centre guidelines.
We’re grateful for any offering of special skills. Some examples of current needs include digital archiving, library cataloging, spiritual program support, painting, carpentry, and more.
Please click here for if you wish to volunteer at our centre.
From Our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that centres like Mahamudra exist as places for us to purify our negative imprints and create merit. As one offers service at a dharma centre, one person can feel totally blessed, while another can find it quite challenging. But always it is an unbelievably precious and valuable opportunity for practice and growth.
“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