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29 Jan 2018

Other Outdoor Bindery Worker for Text Preservation Project

Ratna Ling Retreat Center – Posted by janet Smith Anywhere

Job Description

The Yeshe De Text Preservation Project was founded by a Tibetan refugee Buddhist master in 1983 and is dedicated to preserving the Tibetan Culture. A non-profit organization committed to the replication of rare Buddhist teachings, our volunteers work as a team year-round to make Tibetan books and prayer wheels to be given away at the annual World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India–– the site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.

Our team is motivated by knowing that we make a difference by impacting the lives of thousands of refugees in Asia. We give our time and energy freely to save Tibetan texts that contain teachings that would otherwise be lost.

Work at the book bindery is hands-on and production oriented. Areas of work include the assembling of traditional Tibetan books and wrapping them in colorful fabric, putting books in slipcases and boxing them up for shipment to India. Volunteers are also trained on a variety of bindery machines like the collator, gold stamper, trimmer and folder.

Our volunteers utilize work as a vehicle for practicing the Buddhist teachings. The Skillful Means teachings show us that we can use any work and life situation as a path of change. Personal growth is fostered through practicing self-awareness, caring and taking responsibility as we work. By engaging situations without holding back, we learn that we create our own limitations and that we are capable of so much more than we thought we were. We invite you to be part of one of the largest text preservation projects on Earth and at the same time learn about yourself!

The Yeshe De Text Preservation Project is one of three projects volunteers can work for while participating in the Ratna Ling residential volunteer program located in the redwoods of Sonoma county, CA.

As a participant of the residential volunteer program you will receive:

Housing in modern cabins (2 person occupancy) with a private bath, outdoor deck, gas fireplace. 2-3 people per cabin.
Free laundry facilities, WI-FI and domestic phone calls.
Vegetarian meals (prepare your own breakfast), tea and coffee.
Monthly living allowance of $150 per month.
Evening classes in a variety of Buddhist studies, applicable to everyday life: Meditation, Skillful Means (how work can be a path to inner knowledge), Buddhist history and philosophy, and Kum Nye (a style of Tibetan yoga.) Some classes are guided, while others are considered self-study with materials available.
Opportunity to engage in an environment where meaningful work and self-development are valued.
Clean, fresh air, wide open spaces, natural beauty, close proximity to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean.

We are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week) and rewarding!

How to Apply

Visit our website at for more information and to find our application. You can also find us on Facebook at Ratna Ling Volunteer. Submit application and resume to

Job Categories: Volunteer. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: buddhism, Meditation, and Northern California.

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