At Odiyan we are participating in the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the benefit of all humanity, merging this with the opportunity to develop our inner potential. The way of life focuses on dedication to meaningful work and utilizes work and daily life as a vehicle of self-knowledge.
Learning at Odiyan means acquiring and sharing practical skills: flower and vegetable gardening, landscaping, all forms of construction and the trades (plumbing, electrical, HVAC), use of tools and small machinery, metal and wood work, vegetarian cooking, food preservation and baking. Volunteer residents also participate in sacred art production such as stupa construction, tsa-tsa molding, fabric arts, metal statuary casting, Buddhist text production and more.
Volunteers with longer residency (over six months) become involved in resource and project management, project planning and implementation, budgeting and crew training.
You may choose from various opportunities for study, reflection and meditation:
- Optional classes or discussion groups based on writings and guidance of Odiyan’s founder Tarthang Tulku.
See current schedule :Classes 2017
- Optional walking meditation and chant practice on Full Moon ceremony day.
- Optional Sunday afternoon silent meditation. (by permission after three months residency)
Residents who continue beyond six months may request to attend daily morning meditation practice and evening Temple ceremonies held four times a month, as well as other ceremonies and practices of the Buddhist calendar year.