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Mission Statement

Odiyan's mission is establishing a home for the Dharma(Buddhist teachings) in the West and to support Buddhist centers and practitioners in Asia. Live-in volunteers support this purpose, integrating creative and challenging work with a path of self-exploration that develops inner potentail. Living at Odiyan is an opportunity to work for preserving enlightened knowledge for our world, and fostering harmony for oneself, our planet and all beings.Founded in 1975 by Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, Odiyan Retreat Center is located on a 1000-acre spiritual and ecological preserve in rural Northern California, north of San Francisco. Unlike most Buddhist centers, Odiyan is only open to people who want to live and work with us for at least six months.


Do you love variety in your work, being outdoors, learning practical skills, and big projects that challenge you? Your work at Odiyan will include beautifying and maintaining extensive formal gardens and vegetable gardens, huge Temples and multitudinous varieties of sacred art. You will work out on the land and in the shop. You will assist making Buddhist statues in the foundry, help develop the sacred architecture, care for animals, cook vegetarian food and help with food preservation in our gigantic kitchen. At Odiyan everyone does everything!

Also, people who love the outdoor physical lifestyle and also have skills in graphic design, marketing and social media, programming and general IT are welcomed!

Although Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required to join the team. The ideal volunteer is open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply on both internally and with the work. Couples are welcome (although Odiyan cannot accept children or animal companions).

All residents receive vegetarian meals, housing, living allowance $150 per month, classes on Tibetan yoga, Buddhism, mindfulness, as well as training in a wide variety of practical skills and trades and sacred arts.

Applicants need to be in good physical shape and able to engage manual work for hours at a time (includes repeated lifting, bending, kneeling, standing, walking, use of hand power tools and small machinery).


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Would you recommend Odiyan Retreat Center?

by Devin B. (March 3, 2020)
So far the instructions have been very detailed, and I haven’t been left confused on if my request went through or not. Easy to use program, friendly user-interface.