Notice Board: Buddhist Positions Vacant (Volunteers) (2023)

Upaya Zen Center - Path Of Service
A Life of Spiritual Practice and Selfless Service

If you’ve been looking to deepen your practice of Zen - and to be of service to others - consider our Path of Service residential training program. Path of Service residents stay at Upaya for a minimum of three months and participate in three daily zazen periods, seminars, practice periods and sesshins. Explore your practice of the Buddha’s teachings with Roshi Joan Halifax, Sensei Beate Stolte and some of the most respected Dharma teachers from around the world.
At Upaya Zen Center, our daily work and practice become a way for us to serve many beings. Every day, we meet many people who need presence and attention. Our retreat center is a refuge for so many, and the daily work and practice of our residents are essential for keeping its doors open well into the future. Together, we explore what it means to meet this world and one another with an open, resilient heart.
Residents offer thirty hours of work practice each week, which includes work in areas such as kitchen, garden, housekeeping, maintenance and office support. In return, residents receive food and lodging, as well as participation in our practice schedule.

Guidelines and Requirements

* Meditation experience or a commitment to learn.
* The willingness to commit to an established daily schedule.
* The commitment to practicing the 16 precepts of our order.
* Physical, mental and emotional stability and robustness.
* The ability to take direction; a flexible work attitude.
* Adaptability to changing work situations and environments.
* The ability to manage the stress of daily living in a busy environment.
* Comfortable with working, living and practicing in close living.
proximity with a large community of diverse individuals with limited
privacy and space.
* The ability to make a minimum commitment of three (3) months after
try-out approval
* The financial resources to sustain personal needs (medical,
transportation, clothing, and visa costs if coming from another country)
for a minimum of three months.
* A good sense of humor and communication skills.

If you’d like to be considered for residency at Upaya, please visit our website at more information and application instructions. Inquiries can also be emailed to the Path of Service Coordinator at

posted: 20/6/10


Endless Mountain Zendo is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice center is the northeast Pennsylvania countryside, USA, established in 1998. We are looking for a pro-bono lawyer and accountant to help with non-profit organizational matters. We have a small residency and offer Zen practice programs to the greater sangha and public including introductories, intensive sesshin, beginner classes, and daily sitting. Our abbot is Rev. Genro Lee Milton, Sensei.

Endless Mountain Zendo
104 Hollow Road
Stillwater, Pennsylvania 17878, USA

posted: 23/4/10

Volunteer Opportunity - Junior to Intermediate Web Developer
Organization: Alliance for Bhikkhunis
Position: Intermediate Web Developer
Location: Work from home

Context: The Alliance for Bhikkhunis ( is entering into an exciting period of change. Positive development and increased volunteer involvement is helping us to move towards growth and expansion. But we need the help and expertise of a willing volunteer web developer to assist us in the critical area of our improving out website. This will enable us to reach out and keep the fourfold sangha up to date, attract new interest, and continue to develop our overall brand.

Position Abstract: The Alliance or Bhikkhunis is a non-profit agency that serves the worldwide Theravada Bhikkhuni Sangha and aims to educate the worldwide Fourfold Sangha. We are seeking a volunteer that can assist us in the development and maintenance of a new website for the AfB and for "Present", our bi-annual publication.

The Web Developer:
Design and develop web pages and web sites. You don't need a large portfolio (we know a lot of you are looking to build your portfolio), but basic familiarity and experience with web development is expected. We can support and mentor you as you learn, but we cannot train you from scratch.

Develop innovative solutions to improve the organization and delivery of online information to our readers, members, and partners.

Have knowledge of creating online forms and accessibility issues, or a willingness to learn ('s not that hard).

Must be able to work with non-tech individuals and monastics to understand their needs and requirements and translate them to the online world.

Spell-check, grammar-check, and consitency-check the website.

Represent the publication at events as required.

Have access to their own design and coding tools. As long as you have access to your preferred set of tools, we're flexible on how you get the job done (we use Dreamweaver CS4 for basic site management).


HTML/XHTML, JavaScript, PHP, CSS, databases (min. 2 yrs)
Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop (min. 2 yrs)
Knowledge of graphic design
Excellent people and communication skills
Project management experience
Ability to work independently from home but interact as part of a team
Excellent time management skills
Flexibility and ability to respond effectively in time-pressured situations
ASP/VB Script, ASP.NET/VB.NET, and C# (nice to have)
Winform, Reddot, and XML/XSLT (nice to have)

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To Apply: Mail your cover letter and resume (and a link to your portfolio or other website, if applicable) to

posted: 13/4/10

Theravada practitioners wanted to live a monastic lifestyle at a personal home in Huntington, West Virginia, USA. Also, head monk wanted to operated a new Dhamma Center at the same location--project management experience preferred.

Please contact Eddie Bowles, (614) 787-2068.
Email address:

posted: 25/2/10

Name: Mark Jones

Email address:

Tibetan Layperson looking to do caretaking of property in exchange for food,lodging, small stiepend.
Very dedicated.Can provide references. Excellent for Dharma Centers.

posted: 2/11/09

Name: Brother Bob

Buddhist monk living in Southern California looking for house sitting position or helping an elderly person in their home (volunteering is practice). Not interested in money. I have excellent references, BA degree and also speak Spanish. Flexible, trusted, open, considerate, easy to get along with and team player.

Thank you for your consideration.

Please respond to
posted: 2/11/09

Buddhist Centre London Requires: Residential Volunteer Opportunities, 2009-10: Join the Team!

Volunteers needed at Kagyu Samye Dzong!Come and join our growing team of volunteers who will be starting to renovate our new building from July 2009. Subject to contract, we will be buying a grade 2 listed building which will become our permanent London centre. The building is substantially bigger than our current Manor Place centre and will require considerable renovation.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit for a length of time and we are especially keen to recruit those skilled in general building skills, painting and decorating, electrical work, plumbing, plastering, and cooking for large numbers. That said, anyone with time and enthusiasm is welcome to help us for periods long and short.

We will have a limited amount of residential accommodation available, free-of-charge, for volunteers and we will, of course, provide three substantial meals a day to keep you going (not to mention limitless cups of tea)! If you are interested please contact the Kagyu Samye Dzong office for more details and to discuss these opportunities informally.

Kagyu Samye Dzong London
33 Manor Place
SE17 3BD

tel: +44 (0)20 7708 8969

posted: 19/3/09

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Volunteers needed

Vairocana Int' l Buddhist Meditation Center is located in center of Seoul.
(South Korea)

We are looking for both experienced and non-experienced volunteers who would like to know about Korean Buddhism and love play with Kids in Summer English Dharma Camp.

If you are interested in Korean culture, temple stay in Magoksa(Temple)

Please contact us.

Please email to or call ven. Jawoo on +82-2-6012-1731
Blog: http://

posted: 24/5/09

Vegetarian Cooking Position:

Bhavana Society Forest Monastery and Meditation Retreat Center
Dharma/Dhamma Retreat Center Kitchen Manager

We are seeking a kitchen manager/cook position to manage the kitchen and perform the majority of main meal preparation. This is a salaried job. This job will become vacant in the next few months. We are interested in receiving applications from persons with previous professional cooking experience.
This is a very unique employment opportunity serving a Buddhist community. We are a Theravada Buddhist monastery and meditation center. The community is made up of monks and nuns as well as lay people.

If interested please contact:
Phone: 304-856-3241

or submit your resume to us at:

Bhavana Society
Kitchen Manager Position
Rte. 1, Box 218-3
High View, WV 26808

posted: 19/3/09

Residential Zen Training Opportunity

Treetop Zen Cultural Center of Maine is now taking applications for anyone interested in residential Zen training.

Treetop is excited to begin a residential training program which will include deep ecology explorations, the arts, and right livelihood activities geared to help others, all based in personal and communal meditation, liturgy, and study.

We are also in need of a web/computer skills person.

For further information,
please contact
Phone: 207-465-7563 Web:

posted: 21/8/08

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Enthusiastic Volunteer needed to help with Sakyadhita's website!

Sakyadhita, the international association of buddhist women need help with the upkeeping of our website. Do you have webskills and want to help?
Please email me:

posted: 12/2/08

Information Technology Professionals Required

Buddhanet requires IT professionals to assist with the general administration of the Buddhanet website as well as several exciting new online Buddhist projects.

Specifically we are looking for volunteers with experience in the areas of programming, database management, graphic artists, website administration and/or online security.

Some of the immediate new projects include the new Buddhist Elibrary project which is a collection of Buddhist content in a searchable content management system, adding new features to the World Buddhist Directory such as statistics and required fields, converting our exisiting Noticeboard data into database format for easy online updates and searching, as well as general website/server administration and security.

Other longer term projects include Forums and Chat, news, RSS, Podcasting and online Radio/TV.

Ideally, volunteers would have some sort of understanding or affiliation with Buddhism, have experience in their related IT field, be enthusiastic about supporting the Dharma online and willing to generously give of their time on a volunteer basis.

For further information contact the webmaster or phone Buddhanet within Australia on 02.6628.2426 or from outside Australia (UTC/GMT +10 hours) +612.6628.2426.

General Volunteers, Researchers and Content Contributors Required.

Buddhanet requires general volunteers, researchers and content contributors to assist with the online content on the Buddhanet website.

General volunteers could assist with the checking and updating of details for exisiting Dharma centers as well as adding any new Dharma centres in their local area to our World Buddhist Directory. This could be done by calling or emailing centers to verify their details are correct - all updates and additions can now be made online. In addition, finding events and Dharma centre prgrams for our exisiting Noticeboard section

For content contributors, when the new Buddhist Elibrary project is completed mid 2007 we will need people to contribute Dharma content in the areas of video, audio, artwork, graphics and photos, text and PDFs as well as interactive material such as flash. We are looking for all types of content from your Dharma teachers and groups to share with the world wide Sangha.

More specifically we are looking for volunteers with experience in the areas of; desktop publishing, preferably PDF files, any experience with pali or sanskrit fonts would be helpful, digital content conversion - scanning books, articles and artwork, converting audio and video tapes to digital, writing Dharma articles.

Researchers and students could assist with Dharma articles on any subject from history to current affairs affecting Dharma to be included in the Buddhist Elibrary or online Magazine.

Buddhanet is based near Lismore NSW Australia - any local volunteers wishing to assist us are welcome to come out to the monastery to work with the monks, nuns and other like minded Buddhanet volunteers - as well as share a meal and practise Dharma in a quiet and peaceful forest setting.

For further information contact the webmaster or phone Buddhanet within Australia on 02.6628.2426 or from outside Australia (UTC/GMT +10 hours) +612.6628.2426.

Seeking to establish an eclectic Sangha in Granville County North Carolina.
Buddhists of all traditions and lineages welcome. Please help develop community of seekers.

Email or call 919-529-1756
Namaste, Om mani Padme Hum...Michael

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The Waikato Buddhist Temple in Hamilton, New Zealand is looking for an individual or corporate sponsor to help us continue our very valuable and popular weekly Meditation programme conducted in English. Our previous sponsors from Malaysia decided to move out of New Zealand in June 2006.

The programmes are conducted by our resident monk, and a visiting monk of the Tibetan tradition from Auckland.

We are looking for a sponsor from New Zealand or overseas to cover the shortfall in renting our current temple property.

Anyone willing to help us continue this very valuable Dhamma activity will be truly blessed.

Waikato Buddhist Temple
New Zealand

Resident Monk ­ Ven Dunuvila Metteyya Thero

E-mail -
Phone - 64 7 859 2180
Web -

I am Dharmachari Saddhavira first Sri Lankan origin Order member of the FWBO (Friends of the WesternBuddhist Order). I am also a naturalized citizen of New Zealand. I spend usually 9 months in Sri Lanka and 3 months in NZ every year.

I own a Vegetarian Restaurant and Lodge House in Unawatuna beach in Sri Lanka. Also I have built a retreat centre where 20 people can be accommodated. I plan to conduct short/light retreats. Also Buddhist study courses in English.

I am inviting anyone to visit us. If you want to work with me longer period , I can provide accommodation and food.

Contact: or
Phone or text 0064211419519 (NZ) mobile or 0094 777105449 Sri Lanka mobile
POSTED: 14/04/007

People with buidling skills wanted for a project in southern France

We are a non-profit Dharma organisation in the south of France who run courses in permaculture and meditation.We are renovating an old french ruin on the edge of Languedoc country park in southern France. As we have no resident experts in this field we are looking for volunteers with building skills to help advise and lead the installation. In return we can offer you a place on one of our courses plus food and board for your duration. We can not however afford to pay travel expenses.

We are based in a most beautiful country park where you would have ample time to explore. We work on average 6 hours per day with sundays free.

Please see our website at and contact us if you are interested.

POSTED: 16/04/007

Work Exchange in the Rocky Mountains!

Shambhala Mountain Center is a mountain valley retreat located on 600 acres in northern Colorado. Since 1971 the Center has offered hundreds of programs on Buddhist meditation, yoga and other contemplative disciplines.

Every summer we create and take down a tent village, and host up to 500 people for various conferences and programs. Between April 29 and October 15, we need work exchange staff to setup and take down the tents, and to support the following departments: guest services/registration, kitchen, environment/housekeeping, gift store, audio/visual support, facilities/building maintenance, human resources, EMT/First aid, program coordination, automotive maintenance, IT/phone system support, fundraising/development, and land steward internship.

We are looking for people inclined towards meditation and contemplative practices, who have a desire to experience community life and service. There is flexibility on when you arrive and how long you stay.

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We offer you shared, rustic lodging three excellent meals daily, daily meditation opportunities, a beautiful environment, 8000 ft. up in the Rockies; small stipends or program credit, depending on position; participation in a community of dedicated practitioners; opportunities to attend programs, as allowed by work schedules, and more.

Go to to learn more and download an application.POSTED: 15/03/007


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