Ways to Get Involved

Residential Work-Study

Work-study program participants immerse themselves in a life of service, personal development, and learning that integrates work with study. Living at the Nyingma Institute, participants enjoy vegetarian meals and receive a full scholarship for Institute classes and workshops, along with a small living reimbursement stipend. The minimum commitment is 6 months.

The six-month program is a way to live and work here as part of the community and as a staff member, and to be of service while learning about Buddhism. We focus very much on work as practice (6 days a week, usually 9 AM – 5 PM), with access to classes at night (7-8:30 PM) and also weekly practice sessions (Tuesdays, 6:15-6:45 PM). Areas of responsibility here can include: Front Desk, cleaning, maintenance, promotions, cooking, gardening, IT and more. We also share house chores such as dish duty and cleaning shared spaces, and take care of all aspects of running this center together. 

Participants need not be Buddhist, but should be able to respect our customs and live harmoniously in a community setting. We are dedicated to making opportunities for growth and transformation available through our programs, as well as in supporting the survival and transmission of Tibetan Buddhism. 

For more information, send an email to berkeleyvolunteers@nyingma.org with your contact information as well as any pertinent information, and a volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you shortly. Also, please view the photo galleries below! 

Work Practice Team

Are you interested in working with us part-time? If you have just a few hours a week or month to give, you might enjoy helping with some of these projects:

  • Cooking a vegetarian meal for a group
  • Tending our serene gardens
  • Cleaning and beautifying the buildings and grounds
  • Maintaining and repairing buildings and equipment
  • Providing computer and software support
  • Collaborating on the creation of sacred art, prayer wheels, and prayer flags

Community

Living at Nyingma Institute

Contact

For more information, send an email to info@nyingmainstitute.com with your contact information as well as any pertinent information, a volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you shortly.