Applications for both short-term & long-term
are being accepted​

Jonathan and Dyami

Benefits of Being a Volunteer

Rigdzin Ling is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist center located in a remote and serene environment. The following are offered to volunteers:

  • An environment that encourages deep growth and development
  • A supportive community with other spiritual practitioners
  • Informal teachings with the Resident Lama and visiting Lamas
  • Opportunity to receive personal guidance from the Resident Lama
  • Room and board

Guidelines for Volunteers

Applicants from all backgrounds, regardless of race, age, education, religion, or sexual orientation, are welcome. Volunteers should have the following qualities:

  • Dedication to training one’s own mind
  • Physical, mental, emotional stability and resilience
  • Ability to work well alone and in groups
  • Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully to others
  • Financial stability to sustain personal needs (medical, transport, bills, debt, etc)
  • Genuine interest in living in a Tibetan Buddhist center

Note: Please do not apply if you are coping with major unresolved emotional or mental health issues, or have recently quit smoking, using drugs, or begun a recovery program or medication regimen.

Applicants must be 18 years or older.  If under 18 years old, applicant must be accompanied and supervised by a legal guardian.

Expectations for Volunteers

In addition to the above guidelines, volunteers are expected to:

  • Work at least 6.5 hours per day Monday-Friday, and 3.5 hours on Saturday. All staff and volunteers receive time off on Saturday afternoon and Sunday (except during events).
  • Attend daily meditations (puja) and help with weekly rotational tasks such as cleaning, dish washing, shrine maintenance, cooking, meal service
  • Work extra hours during events
  • Keep personal and community areas clean to receive guests at any time
  • Understand there is no monetary compensation
  • Not bring pets (if you have a service animal, please note that on your application)
  • Not smoke, use illegal drugs, or overuse alcohol

A typical schedule is:

Monday – Friday
6:30am-7:45am           Morning meditation
7:45am-9:00am           Breakfast break
9:00am-12:30pm        Work period
12:30pm-2:00pm        Lunch break
2:00pm-5:00pm          Work period
5:30pm-6:30pm          Evening meditation

7:30am-9:00am           Morning meditation
9:00am-10:00am         Breakfast break
10:00am-1:30pm         Work period

7:30am-9:00am          Morning meditation

Note: The above schedule is subject to change and does not apply to events


Download the Volunteer Application here

Upon submission, the administrative staff will review your application. If approved you will be contacted and arrangements will be made.

For questions about volunteering or to submit an application:
Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling

PO Box 279
Junction City, CA 96048
530.623.2714  ext 126

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