Employment and Volunteering

Working and Growing

We are first and foremost a spiritual community committed to helping retreaters and staff develop their minds. By joining our team you will

 

  • Offer your talents and skills to an organization dedicating to serving others
  • Nurture a sense of service within yourself
  • Participate in a mindful and contemplative work culture
  • Stimulate your mind by having access to staff classes and our regular program

 

“I feel as if I have found a precious little oasis, where I have the opportunity to work, study and practice amidst an enchanting redwood forest. The atmosphere is one of tranquility and serenity, which I find are very good conditions to cultivate a peaceful mind. Serving a Buddhist community feels very rewarding.”

– Cristian

Our Community

Living in community in an isolated place creates long-lasting friendships and a real sense of teamwork. Co-workers feel more like family. Everyone contributes what they can above and beyond what is required. The “family feeling” Lama Yeshe spoke of still lives on and prospers at Vajrapani Institute.

Living in the Forest

Camping is the main option for work/study volunteers. We have a number of campsites that ensure relative comfort and privacy. Occasionally, a housing option may open up, but this is rare. The weather from May to September is usually quite warm and temperate.

What We Are Looking For

Ideal candidates will

 

  • Possess strong communication skills
  • Be content with rugged and rustic conditions
  • Be comfortable with prolonged relative isolation
  • Have a mature personal spiritual practice
  • Possess an attitude of altruism and generosity
  • Be proactive and organized

 

Being a Buddhist is not a requirement for working here. We welcome practitioners from all traditions.

Study the Dharma

Our staff and work/study participants are welcome to attend any of our programs if it doesn’t conflict with their work schedules. Make sure to mention ahead of time what programs you are most interested in so we can try to make arrangements for you to attend. We have an extensive library with many out of print books, as well as a video library of teachings and documentaries. We have senior practitioners on the land and on staff that are available for interviews and discussions.

Volunteer Work-Study Program

Would you like to be a part of a Dharma community and offer service? Join our Work Study Program! We are looking for people to be a part of our team here at Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture. In exchange for a 28 hour work week, members of our work study program are provided with camp site/housing, nutritious vegetarian meals, and the ability to attend some of the courses free of charge. We ask for a 3 month minimum commitment. You would be an integral part of making our land ready for visitors and making them feel welcome. Work Study participants contribute to every department including the kitchen, housekeeping, the office and the land department.

Employment Opportunities

Community Relations Coordinator
The Community Relations Coordinator (CRC) is the primary person responsible for VPI’s Main Office. This means that the CRC takes ownership and responsibility for running the Main Office smoothly, efficiently and spaciously. Because the Main Office is the communication hub of the Institute, the CRC plays a key role in retreater and staff relations. Therefore, providing clear communication, being highly organized, and having sharp attention to detail will foster the harmony that is vital to the delivery of VPI’s retreat services in this role.
May 29, 2019
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Webmaster
This is a part-time freelance position that is vital to the health and success of Vajrapani Institute. The Web Master & Technology Coordinator will work to primarily maintain, manage and administer VPI’s various web presence needs and ideally could also help with other related technological infrastructure. Especially helpful if they can also support and/or contribute to graphic design and audio/visual media related projects important to marketing, communications, and events.
May 29, 2019
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Lead Cook
The Cook is a supportive role to the Kitchen Manager, and steps in as the lead for the kitchen team in the managers absence. The Kitchen Team meets both retreater and staff needs as it relates to meal service and kitchen organization. This position is a precious opportunity to share one’s culinary skills while connecting with a community of dedicated spiritual practitioners. At VPI, we strive to cultivate a contemplative environment. The kitchen department is at the heart of this endeavor.
June 28, 2019
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Upcoming Retreats

Wise Heart Family Camp

July 25 - 28, 2019
Since 1994, Family Camp has been providing families with children 5-12 the opportunity to learn more about their interconnections with each other in the frame of traditional Buddhist thinking and practice. In a mix of play and structure, both kids and adults have the opportunity to do an art project or two, meditate in age-appropriate groups, enjoy a docent-led nature walk, learn how to offer water bowls, participate in or applaud a talent show, and much more. This annual event aims to instill in participants an appreciation of the value of loving-kindness in daily life.

Reconnecting with Your Authentic Nature & Healing into Wholeness: A Daylong

Tenzin Ösel Hita

August 3, 2019
This day of exploration will take you on a journey designed to forge a connection with a broader sense of yourself and your unique expression in the world. It also aims to give you a glimpse of the real juice at the heart of spiritual practice. You will be led through a variety of activities and practices aimed at gradually facilitating a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you. A highlight of the day is a special talk with Tenzin Ösel Hita (the recognized incarnation of FPMT’s founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe) Ösel is known for his lightness and…

Our Blog

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Vajrapani Institute is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition www.FPMT.org