Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Jamyang. Karma Yogis are the bedrock and foundation of all we do at Jamyang. Please take the time to read the following information carefully, and if you feel inspired, send us your application!
Why become a Jamyang Karma Yogi?
By offering their time in service, our volunteers help to maintain the centre as an oasis of refuge and spiritual practice amidst the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
In addition, they have the opportunity to develop inner qualities like resilience, warm-heartedness and selflessness.
How could I get involved?
- Local Karma Yogi: If you are London-based you can become a Local Karma Yogi and help Jamyang on a periodic or ad hoc basis, depending on your availability.
- Resident Karma Yogi: Perhaps you are interested in a more immersive experience. In that case, the Resident Karma Yoga Placement may be for you.
What does Karma Yoga entail?
The Karma Yogis’ tasks include greeting visitors at the reception, cleaning, preparing rooms for events or other general housekeeping duties.
On the surface, these jobs are not what you might call glamorous! But they are essential to Jamyang’s work of benefiting its community, and when approached with the correct motivation of service and compassion, they are an exercise in mind- training.
In the spirit of our dear founder Lama Yeshe, the Karma Yogis’ role is in fact to treat every person that enters the centre as their most honoured guest.
Living or offering service in a Dharma Centre in the heart of London is an adventure that comes with many heartwarming moments, as well as its own set of challenges.
This means that the ideal Karma Yogi will possess strength of character, emotional maturity, as well as an eagerness to help and take on responsibility.
While we encourage our volunteers to deepen their Dharma practice by attending our wide range of teachings and activities, it’s important to realise that the Karma Yoga placement is not a retreat, but a way to integrate Dharma practice and service.
Would it suit me?
Applicants must be able to demonstrate oral and written competency in the English language at least equivalent to the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). Some history of working in the hospitality sector wouldn’t go amiss either!
If you’re thinking about becoming a local Karma Yogi, Jamyang would work with you to accommodate your availability.
As a resident Karma Yogi, you would be expected to work up to 35 hours per week, normally split between morning and evening shifts, and we hope you will stay for a period of 3 months to reap the benefit of fully immersing yourself in the experience.
However, we recognise that volunteers are able to leave the programme at any time, and we ask you to note that Jamyang can also ask volunteers to leave early if the arrangement is not working.
In general, a degree of flexibility will enable you to make the most of your time at Jamyang. For that reason, we do not encourage our resident volunteers to take on other study or work commitments, but we are open to considering your personal circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any documents or support for visa applications. Candidates should have a visa or passport which allows them to volunteer and live in the UK without restrictions. We do provide you with your vegetarian meals and single room accommodation.
Anything else I should know?
To create conditions that are conducive to contemplative living, residents at Jamyang are asked to abide by the Five Mahayana Precepts whilst in the building. They are:
- Preserve life. This includes the lives of our smallest, most abundant, and at times, most difficult insects.
- Respect other people’s property by taking only what is offered.
- Speak only what is true. Dishonesty and divisive speech create disharmony.
- Protect the integrity of others by acknowledging the suffering caused by sexual misconduct.
- Cultivate clarity and concentration of the mind by abstaining from the use of intoxicants and mind-altering substances including, drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.