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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.
All the following positions are based on 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.
- We are very fortunate in having a full volunteer team at the moment – there are no current volunteer vacancies.
Our volunteering needs can change quickly and unexpectedly, so please do check this page again.
We will advertise our needs here first, so please use this page as your first reference point, please don’t email us to ask!
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!)
- Kalachakra Six Session Guru Yoga Approximation Retreat on August 2, 2014
- Guided Meditation Every day except Sunday. Next session will be on August 2, 2014 9:30 am
- Movie Day Every Monday & Friday, next on August 4, 2014 2:00 pm
- Guru Puja on August 6, 2014 6:30 pm
- Introduction to Buddhism 10-day course begins on August 9, 2014 1:00 pm
- M.B. Puja on August 10, 2014 4:00 pm
- Introduction to Buddhism 10-day course begins on August 25, 2014 1:00 pm
- Healing Disturbing Emotions begins on on August 26, 2014 1:00 pm
- Healing the Aching Heart – Gen Gyatso teaching 3-day non-residential course starts on September 5, 2014
- Introduction to Buddhism 10 day course begins on September 9, 2014 1:00 pm
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