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Mission Statement

Odiyan is an all-volunteer non-profit Buddhist center dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living and the development of mind and spirit. The Odiyan way of life integrates creative and challenging work with a path of self-exploration that opens up your inner potential. Odiyan’s mission is to provide a home for Buddhism in the West and to support Buddhist cultures in Asia. 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.


Odiyan is seeking individuals interested in work with a meaningful purpose and lots of variety. 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!

We are also interested in people who love the outdoor physical lifestyle and also have skills in graphic design, marketing and social media, programming and general IT.

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, small living allowance $100 per month, classes on Tibetan yoga, Buddhism, mindfulness, as well as training in a wide variety of practical skills and trades.

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




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