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Living and Working at Ratna Ling

You may have a university degree or a great deal of life experience, but what you make of your life ultimately boils down to the quality of your mind, heart and energy.

Would you like to work towards preserving an ancient culture while bringing Buddhist wisdom to a growing audience?Get involved by volunteering at Dharma Publishing

Would you be interested to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism while gaining valuable job skills?

Would you enjoy working with an international group of people towards a cause of the common good?

Working at Dharma Publishing and Dharma Press offers a spiritual education and personal development.

During your time as a volunteer with us, you will acquire a variety of technical and social skills, while developing your inner resources.

During the work you will be encouraged to practice Skillful Means, a comprehensive and organic approach to work that was developed by Rinpoche, our founder, the Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku.

Dharma Publishing offices and presses are located at Ratna Ling, a retreat center nestled in the breathtaking coastal Sonoma hills of Northern California.

In the evenings there are classes in Buddhist studies, meditation and Kum Nye, a form of Tibetan yoga.

Accommodations include a (shared) room and gourmet vegetarian meals, as well as a small monthly stipend (only for commitments of six months or more).

A typical working week includes six days of work from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, with opportunities for Buddhist practice, guidance, classes or simply relaxing in the natural majesty of the coastal redwood forest.Volunteers working at Dharma Publishing

Work activities may include:

  • Printing, folding, collating, cutting, binding books
  • Graphic design
  • Web design / web master
  • Sales and marketing
  • Editing
  • Sewing
  • Invoicing, shipping
  • Bookkeeping and accounting
  • Fundraising
  • Programs

For more information call us at 707-847-3717 or use the form below to send us an email. You can also visit us at or talk to our volunteer coordinator at 510-981-1987.

We look forward to hearing from you!