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Volunteering at Tushita
Serving others, taking care of others with a good heart, with love and compassion, is the best life. Especially here, your service in looking after others is very important because the people coming here are trying to meditate, to practice Dharma, and trying to liberate themselves from samsara and to achieve enlightenment. Even though you are not actually teaching Dharma, your contribution is similar, since you are helping them get out of samsara and helping them achieve enlightenment.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Tushita! Volunteering with us is a wonderful opportunity to benefit others, while living in the blessed environment of a multi-cultural Dharma centre in McLeod Ganj, India (aka “Little Lhasa”), the home-in-exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Tushita’s volunteers have a 6 day working week (yes, we work hard!). Food and board will be provided at Tushita as well as the offer of a free course after the working period. We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months (unless otherwise stated).
Volunteer Positions Available
Housekeeping / Administration Assistant
We are looking for a Housekeeping / Administration Assistant who would like to offer service and do karma yoga long term.
Karma yoga “work which is done to benefit others”.
The role would involve
- The preparation and cleaning of rooms, bathrooms & facilities; setting up the meditation halls; assistance during retreat check-ins etc.
- Providing administration support to the Centre Manager and Director
- Being able to work well under pressure and be good at prioritizing task.
Good communication skills and patience are essential.
Additional skill sets that you would ideally have are:
- Be a team player as well as being able to work on their own when the need arises
- Can work with people from different cultures/countries
- Have an interest in Buddhism
- Is well organized, can manage time and is detail oriented
- Good English is essential. (Knowledge of Hindi is a definite advantage)
- Having prior experience in the above mentioned areas would be definite advantage
All volunteer positions include a 1-month mutual trial period.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from offering service in a supportive Dharma environment. This position involves a 6-day working week. Minimum commitment 3 months – starting as soon as possible – with accommodation and board provided onsite at Tushita, as well as the possibility to join Dharma & meditation classes (light offerings, pujas and special events) around your volunteer schedule.
Please contact us on email@example.com with a small write up about yourself including your experience & skills, and why you would like to volunteer at Tushita.
Spiritual Programme Coordinator Assistant
Tushita is looking urgently for somebody whose responsibility lies mainly in replying to students’ emails concerning course registrations and inquiries and maintaining excel sheets of course participants.
Additional working areas will include taking care of our facebook, student statistics, the occasionally writing of short articles for our website news and archiving teachings and pictures.
You would also support the Spiritual Programme Coordinator getting course material for teachers ready, with teacher care, making posters, setting up pujas and gompa care.
This position would be most suitable for a native English speaker or somebody with excellent written English. The commitment will be 5 months or longer. You should have some basic knowledge of Buddhism and Tushita (best having done a Tushita course yourself!), be enthusiastic, self-motivated, well organized and happy to serve in a multi-cultured environment.
To apply please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short write up about yourself and why you would like to volunteer at Tushita.
Words from Past Volunteers
To try to put our experience in Tushita in just a few words is difficult!!… For us its a place to learn, about oneself and others, which at the end of the day is the same thing!!… Tushita is special in many ways, not just the location and the energy of the place, the monkeys and the mountains… but the fact that is a melting pot where people from everywhere come to to experience meditation and Buddhist teachings for the first time… you see them changing as the days go by, then you have the locals working, Tibetans and Indians, the volunteers… you name it!! all together…
John (Ireland) – Kitchen Manager/Housekeeping 2009/2010/2012/2013
Sometimes it seemed that we were not going to make it on time for the next event….but magically things always seemed to fall into place.. even if it was at the very last minute…which its a test on its own for the mind!!… for anyone wanting to learn about Tibetan Buddhism while at the same time serving others Tushita is the place to go..and last but not least, there is always room for the amazing unexpected to happen… so yes, we will be back !!!
Angela (Spain) – Office Manager/Housekeeper 2009/2010/2012/2013
For me, volunteering at Tushita was a perfect opportunity to continue spiritual practice. Simply being on the premises was a reminder to keep practicing the meditation and mindfulness techniques that I learned in the 10 day course. There were frequent meditations, pujas, and teachings which also let me continue learning. And the most inspirational thing for me was being surrounded by people who have made the dharma their life’s work. It was a rich and rewarding experience and I wish I could’ve stayed longer.
Grace (USA) – Office Manager 2009
My first contact with Buddhism was an Introduction course at Tushita, and afterward I volunteered in the reception office. That was more than a decade ago, and I’ve been back to serve and study here almost every year since. Tushita has been a home to me in that time and has supported my continuing commitment to Buddhist Teachings. In fact, in many and various respects, Tushita was the first stepping stone to some of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Tim (Belgium) – Office Manager 1999 (and on and off ever since!)
- Guided Meditation on March 30, 2017 9:30 am
- Movie Day on March 31, 2017 2:00 pm
- Introduction to Buddhism on April 6, 2017
- Guru Puja on April 6, 2017 6:30 pm
- Eight Verses of Thought Transformation / Chenrezig Retreat on April 7, 2017
- Medicine Buddha Puja on April 11, 2017
- Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo – Wheel of Life on April 18, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on April 22, 2017
- Insight Into Emptiness on April 23, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on May 9, 2017
Tushita is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. We're located in Northern India, in the forested hills above the town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - the seat in exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Tushita aims to provide a friendly and conducive environment for people of all nationalities and backgrounds to learn about and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha. With this in mind we offer regular drop-in events and courses on introductory Buddhist philosophy and meditation, as well as intermediate level courses and group retreats for more experienced students.
February to November
Monday - Saturday
9:30 - 11:30am
a break for lunch and then...
12:30 - 4:00pm