We are accepting applications for both short-term and
long-term volunteers

Jonathan and Dyami

Benefits of Being a Volunteer

Rigdzin Ling is a beautiful Buddhist center located in a remote and serene environment. We offer the following to our volunteers:

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

Guidelines for Long-Term Volunteers

At Rigdzin Ling, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds, regardless of race, age, education, religion and sexual orientation. We are looking for volunteers with the following qualities:

  • Genuine interest in living in a Buddhist center
  • Dedication to training one’s own mind
  • Physically, mentally, and emotionally stable and resilient
  • Ability to work well alone and in group settings
  • Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully to others
  • Financial stability to sustain personal needs (medical, transportation, bills, debt, etc.)

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.


Expectations for all Volunteers

In addition to the above guidelines, volunteers are also 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 Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday (except during events)
  • Attend daily meditations (puja), special pujas, and help with other rotational tasks such as cleaning, dishwashing, shrine maintenance, cooking and meal service
  • Work extra hours during events
  • Understand that there is no monetary compensation
  • Keep personal and community spaces clean to receive guests at any point
  • Not bring pets (if you have a service animal, please be sure to contact us ahead of time)
  • Not smoke, use illegal drugs or overuse alcohol

Here is a typical schedule at Rigdzin Ling:

Monday – Friday
6:30am-7:45pm          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
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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