Residential Work-Practice at a Buddhist Center

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Nyingma Institute


Meditation apps not doing enough for you? Looking for another way of living? Want to engage spiritual practice in a practical way?

Join a six-month residential program that integrates awareness practices with work, taking a holistic and grounded approach to living mindfully and problem-solving with grace. As part of this program, you have the opportunity to engage teachings with secular applications such as Kum Nye Tibetan yoga and meditation, as well as the option to learn traditional and culturally rooted forms such as visualization, chanting, and offering from experienced senior students, including a Tibetan lama.

The program includes:

  • Access to a full range of evening classes on Meditation, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, Buddhist Studies, Tibetan Language, Nyingma Psychology and more
  • Housing in a community setting in the foothills of Berkeley with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge and sunsets
  • Full engagement with work-practice as part of a small team
  • Vegetarian meals, created with organic ingredients whenever possible
  • A small living stipend reimbursement of $250/month
Work-practice may include:
  • All aspects of managing and running an educational center; we are a small volunteer-run non-profit organization
  • We try to find the best fit for your skills, but ask that participants adopt a flexible, as-needed attitude about work-practice assignments, which may include a mix of: registrar responsibilities, construction, marketing, fundraising, cleaning, gardening, cooking and more
  • Opportunities to develop and gain skills in new areas as needed
You will learn:
  • How the lens of meditation can be carried into your daily life, including work
  • How to more fully engage your experience through investigating mind, body, emotions, and thoughts
  • What it means to engage a Bodhisattva path of action through service
Located in Berkeley, California, the Nyingma Institute offers retreats, workshops, and courses in seven fields of study. We seek residents who are interested in committing for six months or longer as part of our live-in staff. We do not require that you be Buddhist, however the ideal volunteer is open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply on both internally and with the work.

Please note that this is a full-time, intensive program with 6 days of structured work-practice per week, with opportunities to participate in classes, workshops, and retreats. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you!

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About Nyingma Institute



Mission Statement

Our mission is to share the healing wisdom of the Nyingma tradition and reveal a path of inner freedom.


The Nyingma Institute offers courses, workshops and retreats to the public. With a focus on developing wellness, our joyful, affirmative approach to meditation, Tibetan yoga, and self-knowledge fosters the development of the whole individual - body, mind, and senses. We have seven fields of study, including Meditation, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, Nyingma Psychology, and more.

Nyingma Institute is one of the oldest schools of Tibetan Buddhism in the west, founded by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1972. The Institute’s staff, faculty, and residents are all volunteers. Volunteering is an act of generosity, a path of practice, and a means to nurture enlightened community.

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  • Office Management
  • Network Administration
  • Facilities Management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Administrative Support
  • Fundraising




  • Background Check
  • Full time, 6 months minimum.

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