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, 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, partake in annual language courses, 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.

Area of program assistance include:

  • Temple Caretaking
  • Nutritious Vegetarian Cooking
  • Administration & Retail
  • Building Maintenance
  • Vegetable & Flower Gardening
  • Creative Construction Projects
  • Multimedia & Library Sciences
  • Fine Arts

Seasonal Sessions

The Learning Dharma Skills Program is seasonal, and your involvement would be most welcome during these periods:

  • Summer (June-Aug)
  • Autumn (Sept-Nov)
  • Winter (Dec-Feb)
  • Spring (Mar-May)

Participants are encouraged to volunteer for any length of time.


Scholarships may be Full, Partial, or Seasonal. All contributions are appreciated. Please inquire for more details.

How to Apply

You can apply for the Learning Dharma Skills Program by submitting the application below. You may also download the application by clicking here or call (607) 865-8068 to request application by mail.

PSL Dharma Skills Program Application Form

    About You

    Stay Duration


    Talents & Experience


    Please provide 3 references.

    Please make sure to contact your references and request their permission permission to be included here and advise them that they may be contacted by us in the future.

    Reference One

    Reference Two

    Reference Three

    Additional Information

    Please consider and answer the following questions:

    Why are you interested in the Learning Dharma Skills Programand what are your goals?
    Please describe your meditation history, teachers you’ve studied with, and your current occupation.
    Do you have any health concerns we should be aware of?

    Thank you for your interest in helping to sustain Padma Samye Ling monastery and retreat center! It’s wonderful that you’d like to offer your time and talents, and we’ll contact you after your application
    has been reviewed.