Experience the full immersion of Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches mandala throughout the four seasons!
The Learning Dharma Skills Program has been created to facilitate the compassionate vision of international Sangha and friends, both to preserve Padma Samye Ling (PSL) as a center of study and practice, and to reflect their devotion to the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches’ mandala and lineage.
Padma Samye Ling monastery is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat center devoted to Dharma service, meditation, study, and community living. This beautiful mandala sits at 2,000 feet on 500 acres of pristine countryside. It reflects the glorious vision of our spiritual directors, Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, to establish a living community that fosters world peace.
Program participants are invited to join in all retreats and teaching programs at PSL, enjoy our beautiful temple with traditional Tibetan architecture and mural paintings, study in the Shantarakshita Library, and delight in the breathtaking views and scenic trails of our flourishing retreat environment.
Areas of Service Include:
- Temple Caretaking
- Skilled Craftsmanship and Maintenance Skills & Experience Strongly Recommended
- Exterior and Interior Painting
- Knowledge of Machinery
- Should be thorough and patient
- Kitchen Management
- Culinary Training is helpful
- Knowledge of Vegetarian Cooking
- Supplies, Upkeep, and Budgeting
- Creative with Whole Foods
- Friendly People-Person
- Reliable Technical Skills like computer programming
- Accounting and book keeping
- Website Design
- Outdoor Facilities
- Organic Gardening – experience required
- Ongoing Weekly Classes for students interested in Ngondro Foundational Practices
- Personal Morning Practice
- Daily Evening Group Meditation
- Due to Covid-19, PSL premises are currently closed to visitors except for long term residents.
- Shared dorm included or possibility of low-budget single dorm.
- Orientation Provided
- Internet only available from 5:00-8:00pm.
Apply on the PBC website:
Get a feel for the PSL Learning Dharma Skills with Testimonials from previous resident volunteers:
“I feel I benefited spiritually and in my practice more than any other way. Being around other people interested in the Dharma, practicing regularly with the sangha, and being able to attend Rinpoche’s teachings helped strengthen my faith, understanding, and commitment in ways I hadn’t imagined.” -Bonnie
“My time at PSL provided me the incredible opportunity to set down my self-centered struggles and join in something inconceivably larger, in the enlightened unfolding that is the Rinpoches’ mandala. While taking part in such unquestionably beneficial activity is an enormous blessing in itself, for me the greatest blessing was the chance to see all the places in my daily work where I was not practicing the Dharma. Of course, PSL is the ideal environment to bring all those blind spots slowly onto the path, and being in the presence of a realized master such as Khenpo Rinpoche allows such integration to take place as a joyful act of love rather than a grind.”
“I think it is the most wonderful experience I’ve had in recent decades. In the Learning Dharma Skills Program, I was able to bring my years of work experience to PSL in a way that reinforced strong ethical and moral precepts, while at the same time benefiting the center. Having the Dharma be integral to my everyday routine also reinforced the path of the Dharma; it was something I lived—before breakfast, after dinner, even during dreamtime—in a way I’d not experienced before in my life.” –Carol
“Before I participated in the Learning Dharma Skills Program at PSL I think I did not fully realize the importance of the sangha and the relentless support that it provides. The community at PSL radiates with such love and joy that you cannot help but be uplifted in your practice and have a brighter view of the world. During my time at PSL, I read a quote from the Words of My Perfect Teacher in which Patrul Rinpoche says that we should consider any being who inspires true bodhichitta in us to be a buddha. I remember having that thought so often at PSL because of the myriad ways in which people expressed their love to me, and to everyone else present and elsewhere.” –Jeff
“Padma Samye Ling offers me the best setting to make the best use of my time.I study underand receive personalized practice guidance from an enlightened being, while working with the most inspiring people to facilitate Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche’s activities.There is nothing higher than receiving teachings that help me see life more beautifully and appreciate it more deeply. There’s nothing better than adhering toa practice that imbues each day with purpose and builds con!dent determination to benefit all beings who’ve benefited us, as we face future challenges together.”
“My time spent at Padma Samye Ling was definitely life impacting—even as a Christian. I learned so much more about mindfulness and the consideration of all life forms, healthy meal preparation, and the importance of meditation and self-care. I spent time with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life. My experience will forever be embedded into my history.” –Monica
“Pith Instructions on the Vital Point of Mind that Reveal the Buddha Right in the Palm of Your Hand”
by the great master Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
Webcast Live from Padma Samye Ling
January 16 – 23, 2021 (Sat-Sat)
Daily Teachings and Meditations:
Vajra Sound of Peace:
by Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Available to Pre-order!
Will ship around January 15th.
The Seven Chapter Prayer is one of the most renowned practices in Tibetan Buddhism. It condenses and embodies all the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni into a single practice. Since its discovery by the great terton Rigdzin Godemchen in the 14th century, it has been regarded as one of the most essential and powerful ways to practice on Guru Padmasambhava. This Seven Chapter Prayer practice is popular in the Nyingma school, as well as in the Kagyu and Sakya schools. Because of its immense popularity, many Seven Chapter Prayer lineages have developed. In particular, there is the Northern Treasures lineage in which the teaching itself originated. Later, the great scholar and siddha Karma Chagme condensed the teachings and practices of all the Seven Chapter Prayer lineages, and it is his commentary that we are following.
All the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism have said that Guru Padmasambhava is the Buddha of the Degenerate Age. During this present time, he is the sole protector and refuge for all sentient beings. When we connect to Guru Padmasambhava, we’re connecting to all enlightened beings throughout space and time.
The Seven Chapter Prayer unites devotion, bodhichitta, and Dzogchen meditation in the form of a Guru Yoga practice on Guru Rinpoche. As the great master Karma Chagme said, absolute Guru Padmasambhava is the innate nature of mind, and the innate nature of the mind is the innate nature of everything. In order to fully realize this, we need to increase our devotion, joy, and bodhichitta. Then we visualize and supplicate Guru Padmasambhava with practices like the Seven Chapter Prayer, and we complete everything by resting in Dzogchen meditation and then dedicating the merit for our families, friends, and all living beings. This is the way to achieve enlightenment. It is how we can increase our inner beauty and let it shine to the world.
This book includes the entire Tibetan and English of the root text, as well as Khedrub Karma Chagme’s commentary in Tibetan.
Note: According to the Inner Tantras, as well as the great master Khedrub Karma Chagme, it is necessary and important that you first receive a Guru Padmasambhava empowerment from a qualified lama before you practice the Seven Chapter Prayer.
Casebound Hard Cover | Full Color
Dharma Samudra | 1/1/21
Pages: 510 | Size: 6 x 9
“One time I went to visit the Khenpo Rinpoches in their apartment in New York. Lama Chimed had recently come to the US and was staying with the Khenpos at Lexington Avenue. I remember Khenpo Tsewang inviting me into the back room, where Khenchen and Lama Chimed were resting and practicing. I began an elaborate description of why I was so dissatisfied with my life, how afflicted my mindstream was, how unfortunate my life circumstances. I must have gotten about 3 or 4 sentences into my description when Lama Chimed, seemingly oblivious to my effort to explain myself, doubled or tripled the volume of his mantra recitation. I remember turning my head to look at him, somewhat affronted, while the Khenpos looked a bit embarrassed. But the next thing I knew, all three of us burst into laughter. We couldn’t help ourselves. This must have lasted for about 2 or 3 minutes. We’d try and stop laughing, and resume the conversation, but then just start laughing again as if someone had leaked nitrous oxide into the apartment. Lama Chimed just smiled and kept on reciting his mantras—he must have known exactly what he was doing. Finally, Khenpo Tsewang put on a serious face, and began to redress my misunderstanding concerning the nature of samsara, and my failure to recognize how fortunate I was in all circumstances. I remember thinking how human and yet how extraordinary were my teachers. —David Mellins