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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3.5
Persons: up to 3 people
Category: Other
Host ID: 247
Region: Coromandel

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Last Updated: June 23, 2018

Kia Ora

We are a small Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre located in the peaceful Colville valley, on the enchanting Coromandel Peninsula. Staying and helping at a Tibetan Buddhist Centre offers you the possibility to ask questions about Buddhism, to participate in daily meditations, to reflect on the meaning of life or simply to be mindful while whilst helping in the gardens, helping in the house or serving our guests. We look forward to meeting optimistic volunteers who enjoy helping others and who would like to join our friendly team.

Our centre is busy, so we have an ongoing need for volunteers throughout the year. The centre offers lodging in our volunteer dorm, free daily meditation, and free access to courses as duties permit for all of our volunteers. We do not provide meals or food but volunteers have access to our kitchen to prepare their own meals. We ask our volunteers to work 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. The work is varied but includes gardening, maintenance, accommodation preparation and other housekeeping tasks, and assisting with projects and tasks. Volunteers may stay for a few days or up to three months; however before committing, please consider whether you can live contentedly in a somewhat isolated rural area for an extended period of time.

This is a rural (remote) Tibetan Buddhist retreat and teaching centre established in 1981 under the guidance of the renowned Tibetan Lamas, the late Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. It is a charitable trust and an affiliate of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). The Centre follows the Gelugpa lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Centre offers a full programme of meditation, retreats and courses in Buddhist philosophy and practice. The programme offers courses relevant to both Buddhist and nonBuddhist. Courses are designed to help people to develop the skills to live more happy and peaceful lives and develop qualities of loving kindness and compassion for themselves and for others – universal values. Students are encouraged to take what serves them and leave the rest. The benefits from practicing meditation and mind transformation practices are widely recognized reducing anxiety and depression, anger, stress management and developing compassion, to name just a few. These courses have been of great benefit to those who attended them and, they tell us, have often transformed their relationships with families and friends.

While staying with us, we ask that you abide by the five basic precepts:

Protect living beings –refrain from killing even tiny insects
Respect others belongings refrain from stealing
Speak truthfully – refrain from lying
Respect Mahamudra as a space for spiritual introspection and development – refrain from sexual conduct
Cultivate clarity of mind and body – refrain from using intoxicants, alcohol, tobacco, etc….

Unfortunately we do not have phone or Internet Access available for guests at the centre. There is a phone box and Internet access available in Colville.

If you have any experience with Tibetan Buddhism, please let us know though it is not required.

Please contact us if you wish to volunteer at our centre. We look forward to having you with us. Come and enjoy – it’s a very special place!

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