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Employment at Shambhala

There are many employment opportunities at Practice Centers and for other related organizations. Practice Centers have different levels of time commitment for their postings so please read the information carefully.


Permanent Staff Positions

Dechen Chöling

Are you curious about living in a Dharma Community in France?

Living in the beautiful French countryside, embraced by magnificent trees, able to practice for three hours a day, be part of a dharma community and have access to teachings and more stories than you can imagine.

Dechen Chöling needs the following paid staff. You should be prepared to make a commitment for preferably two years.
Contact: dechencholing@dechencholing.org
phone 0033 (0) 555 03 5552
fax 0033 (0) 555503 9174.

Office Manager: You would be in overall charge of the office, dealing with enquiries registration for programmes, overseeing the computer and telephone systems. Ability to speak good English and French desirable. Ability to cope with many demands and be flexible essential

Gardener: To manage and develop our established vegetable garden and oversee the landscape. Degree in horticulture or similar experience essential.

Head of Kitchen: To run the kitchen, ordering supplies, looking after storage, supervising other cooks and cooking. In the summer the kitchen provides meals for 100-150 people twice a day

Household Manager: To look after participant accommodation and the cleanliness and upliftedness of the chateau. A six month commitment would be sufficient.

Dorje Denma Ling

Come work, practice and study at Dorje Denma Ling. Our daily schedule includes 2 hours of practice a day, a 5 hour work day, evenings free for study or social events and two days off per week (program schedule permitting). Staff receives room and board and a salary.

Year-round and summer staff is needed in the following areas:

  • Co-Director or Assistant Director
  • Finance and Registration person
  • Head of Maintenance
  • Maintenance Assistant (summer position)
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Gardener (summer only)

Dorje Denma Ling is located at The Falls, in the Cobequid Mountains of Nova Scotia, one and one-half hours drive northwest of the city of Halifax. It consists of nearly 400 acres of meadowland and forest overlooking the Northumberland Strait and is home to Rigden Dzong Practice Center and the Magyel Pomra Encampment Land. The nearby village of Tatamagouche, provides such amenities as a drugstore, laundromat, grocery Stores, restaurants and a hospital. It is close to sandy beaches and the beautiful falls from which the area derives its name.

Rigden Dzong Program Center is a rustic retreat and conference facility which offers practice and study in the Shambhala and Buddhist traditions as taught by the late Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and his son, the present leader, Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. It is one of the many centers throughout North America and Europe under the parent organization of Shambhala International.

Please contact Dorje Denma Ling by email or mail any inquiries to:

Dorje Denma Ling
2280 Balmoral Road
Nova Scotia, B0K 1V0

Karmê Chöling


Operations Sphere Assistant (positions open now and for the summer):
Work-time will be split between the kitchen and our accommodations and environment department year’ round, with some opportunity to work outside during the warmer weather. If you’re flexible, have a good sense of humor, and can work both independently and as a member of a team, this is a good job for you!

Baker/Swing Cook (position open now):
If you enjoy baking bread and desserts, as well as preparing meals for large numbers, have we got a job for you! Join our kitchen crew and provide sustenance for many grateful sentient beings.

Computer/Web Site Assistant (position open now):
Karme Choling is internally wired with our own network, and we rely on our data base for registrations, mailings, etc. Occasionally things don’t work and anxiety levels start to rise. If you feel comfortable working with both computers and panicked staff members, you will be a welcome addition indeed.

Administration Sphere Assistants

Development Emphasis (position open now): Help Karme Choling continue to flourish by working with donors directly, organizing various activities, and through writing, designing, and supervising mailings. Computer and data entry skills are necessary. A great opportunity for a creative person!
Registration Office Emphasis (position open in May): A great job for a person who enjoys interacting with the public and is not intimidated by phone systems and data entry. If you enjoy multi-tasking and have the ability to face a variety of situations with a sense of humor, you’ll love this one.

Practice & Education Sphere Assistant (position open now):
Shrine Master is the primary responsibility in this position, and it requires a member of the Shambhala Buddhist sangha who loves ritual and who is either a tantrika or a sadhaka. Other duties include supporting the activities of both internal and external practice, study, and programs at Karme Choling.

Programs Asst./Aloka (position open in June)
Our Aloka person is responsible for liasoning with parents and teachers in caring for the children of participants who come to our summer programs. Summer camp counseling or teaching experience is helpful.

*Mentored Scholarship Program participants receive a dormitory room, board, a small monthly stipend for incidental expenses, and accrued program credit/retreat time. Except for the summer, MSP’s are invited to stay from 6 months to 1 year.

For further information about any of these positions, contact this address or phone 1-802-633-2384, x130 or x118.


International Staff Positions

No positions are currently available.

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