Residential Volunteering @ Jamyang
Start your volunteering adventure with Jamyang as part of our kind-hearted community
What is a ‘Karma Yogi’?
Offering service is a beautiful way to incorporate Buddhist Practice into your everyday life. A ‘Karma Yogi’ creates merit by offering service as daily work at our Dharma centre. The best way to understand the role of a Karma Yogi is as someone who performs selfless action to benefit others.
Why Volunteer ?
Jamyang thrives because of it’s dedicated team of volunteers. Our many activities and projects depend on the skills, time and service of those involved in volunteering. In turn Jamyang offers an immersive live-in experience to be part of a Buddhist community in central London, attend Dharma classes and provides conducive conditions for practice.
Who are we looking for ?
We welcome applications from all people, from those who have offered service before and are long time practioners, to those just taking their first steps on the Buddhist path while discovering and learning. Our approach encompasses our Equality, Inclusivity and Diversity efforts and the main requirement for all applicants is a kind heart.
Start with 3 months, Look ahead to 12
Our Karma Yogis all commit to a 3 month volunteering period, offering service for 35 hours per week. This enables everyone to get the most from the experience, put their skills to good use, strengthen their Dharma practice and become part of the community. Volunteers who continue to benefit from the experience may also be considered for the extended 12 month residential team.
At Jamyang we have a mixed community of both monastics (ordained Buddhist sangha) and lay people (those who have not taken monastic vows). To support a harmonious living community for all, our volunteers all agree to live to by the 5 Mahayana Precepts whilst living and offering service with us. Read more about these below.
Offering Service day to day
We try our best to match our volunteers with their skill sets, providing opportunities to engage in work which they enjoy. This is balanced with everyday needs of the centre as place for contemplation and Dharma education. Roles which our volunteers adopt include team cook, housekeeper, tech assistant, hospitality co-ordinator and gompa keeper.
How to apply
We look forward to hearing from you.
- Preserve life. This includes the lives of our smallest, most abundant, and at times, most difficult insects.
- Respect other people’s property accepting only what is offered.
- Speak only what is true. Dishonesty, gossip and divisive speech create disharmony.
- Protect the integrity of others refraining from sexual activity
- Cultivate clarity and concentration of the mind by abstaining from intoxicants and mind-altering substances including, drugs, alcohol, vapes and cigarettes.