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 a camp site, 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. Due to our wet winters and the fact that participants are asked to camp during their time here, our work-study program runs from April to October each year. We accept applications from March through to July.

Employment Opportunities

Kitchen Manager
The full-time Kitchen Manager directs and leads the Kitchen department in meeting 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.
September 30, 2019
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.
September 30, 2019

Upcoming Retreats

Cultivating Emotional Balance

Lani Potts and Dave Smith

September 24 - 29, 2019
The Cultivating Emotional Balance training was sparked during a meeting between behavioral scientists, a neuroscientist, a monk, a philosopher, and the Dalai Lama in 2000, as a new approach to understanding our emotional lives. Combining contemporary scientific research with contemplative practices drawn from Buddhism, the Cultivating Emotional Balance training gives participants new tools for working with emotion. CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program.

Chenrezig Inititation with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa (Initiation Only)

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

October 18 - 19, 2019
Avalokitesvara or Chenrezig is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. The four arms and hands signify the four immeasurables: immeasurable loving kindness, immeasurable compassion, immeasurable joy, and immeasurable equanimity. The four immeasurables are the vehicles through which Chenrezig benefits beings. By receiving the Chenrezig initiation and practicing this sadhana we can gradually awaken our own awareness of those same qualities in ourselves.

Our Blog

  • In 2018 we finally broke ground on the construction of the Great Compassion Wheel which now resides at the heart of Vajrapani Land.   Permits were acquired (which in itself is no small feat), the foundation was poured and steel framing was set in place. Through......

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