“We are all here on earth to see what we can offer, as opposed to what we can take. A life based upon what we can take leads to promoting a society where the only barometer of success is materialism. Mindfulness leads to an attitude of wanting to serve the world, rather than expecting to be served. Only through the development of mindfulness—which leads to virtues like kindness and generosity—will we become truly peaceful.”
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
How can I help?
The Boulder Shambhala Center relies on —and greatly appreciates— the inspiration, energy and talents of many volunteers who share in making our offerings available in Boulder and beyond. These contributions are part of what is known in the Shambhala community as “creating enlightened society.”
We welcome members and non-members alike to volunteer according to their interests. This includes staffing daily meditation practice, weekly classes, weekend retreats, and ongoing support and leadership positions. Outlined below are some of the ways you can contribute as a volunteer and also deepen your own practice and connection.
For General Volunteer Opportunities:
If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com, or 303-444-0190 x 125.
Help with large public programs and celebrations
Shambhala Day, Midsummer’s Day, Harvest of Peace, Children’s Day and more.
Take part in Path of Service Community Work Days
These are gatherings that include sitting meditation, work around the building and lunch provided by the Center.
Upcoming Community Work Days:
January 28, 2017 (revised date, was changed from January 21)
Assist Satellite Staff Members
Our ongoing Volunteer Satellite Staff often need extra help. Partner with one of these committed volunteers to help in the areas of audio visual coordination, program registration, housekeeping, kitchen – environment and food order), and Shrine Room floor cleaning.
Thank you for your interest and assistance!
Further Opportunities for Graduates of Shambhala Level III:
- Aide at any Way of Shambhala class they have completed
- To Volunteer for Way of Shambhala Programs Please See our Program Staffing Responsibilities include meal and tea preparations, time keeping, cleanup and hosting.
- Coordinate Monday Night Open Class
- Staff the Front Desk
- Serve as a Satellite Staff Member
Boulder Shambhala Center Satellite Staff
The satellite staff is a core group of volunteers who serve the Boulder Shambhala Center for six months at a time in contracted positions. They work several hours a week in important roles that support the full and part time Center staff. In return they receive some program merit as well as the opportunity to practice through their path of service.
All Satellite Staff must be graduates of Way of Shambhala Level III and are members of the Boulder Shambhala Center.
If you are interested in joining the satellite staff now or in the future, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attend Way of Shambhala and Basic Goodness Series classes free of charge (+ materials fee)
- Attend Sacred Path classes for only $25/class (+ materials fee)
- Attend all programs with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche free of charge (+ teaching gift)
- Have the opportunity to lead a core team of volunteers for programs with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
- Take part in quarterly leadership trainings focused on view, practice and action with other Satellite Staff and BSC staff.
Audio Visual Coordinator
The AV Coordinator is responsible for providing audio-visual set-up, management and support at designated Boulder Shambhala Center programs and events. This person will receive program information from the center, and train a team of A/V support volunteers to staff the designated programs. The AV Coordinator is also responsible for keeping up to date on the Center’s calendar of upcoming programs, working with the existing technology team and recruiting A/V support volunteers for programs and events.
The AV Coordinator works four hours per week at the Boulder Shambhala Center with a 6-month commitment and report to the Volunteer Coordinator and the Center Director.
The Head Registrar is responsible for setting up, running and closing the registration table prior to most programs at the Boulder Shambhala Center. Evening and weekend availability is required for this position. Responsibilities include running a laptop point of sale system, taking payments in the form of cash, check and credit card, and reconciling Generosity Policy program vouchers for some program participants.
The Head Registrar works four hours per week at the Boulder Shambhala Center with a 6-month commitment and report to the Volunteer Coordinator and the Center Director.
The Head Housekeeper is responsible for organizing and outlining housekeeping duties related to the building and for maintaining a good environment of culture and decorum throughout the Center.
Tasks and Responsibilities include:
- 2 hours/week organizing cleaning supplies and taking inventory of cleaning supplies – Mondays preferred (after weekend events)
- 2 hours/week preparing and cleaning the building along with other volunteers to prepare the Center for weekend programs – Fridays preferred
- Holds the view of overall building environment and facilitates communication among all Satellite Staff members
The Head Housekeeper works four hours per week at the Boulder Shambhala Center with a 6-month commitment and report to the Volunteer Coordinator and the Center Director.
Kitchen – Environment
The Kitchen Environment staff member is designed to keep our kitchen area clean, functional and safe.
Tasks and Responsibilities include:
- Relates to the kitchen shrine and etiquette
- Keeps kitchen area clean and well organized. This includes weekly upkeep and monthly cleaning.
- Monitors contents of the Staff Refrigerator and keeps track of what food is “offered” and when food has gone bad and needs to be composted.
- Monitors kitchen supplies (dish soap, trash bags, paper goods, etc.) and communicates with facilities manager when supplies are low.
- Assists with kitchen related projects as needed
The Kitchen Environment staff member works four hours per week at the Boulder Shambhala Center with a 6-month commitment and report to the Volunteer Coordinator and the Center Director.
Kitchen – Food Order
The Kitchen Food Order staff member checks the kitchen inventory weekly before placing the food order and is available on Friday afternoons when the delivery arrives.
Tasks and Responsibilities include:
- Monitors the amount of food in the kitchen
- Creates and places weekly food order with Whole Foods that adheres to weekly food budget received from BSC staff (front end) and delivers receipts and excel spreadsheet for each purchase (back end)
- Organizes and clearly labels purchased program food in a way that coordinators can know what is offered for their program
- Monitors contents of the Program Refrigerator and ensures all food is properly dated, labeled, and composted as appropriate
- Assists with food purchasing related projects as needed for special events
The Kitchen Food Satellite Staff member works four hours per week at the Boulder Shambhala Center with a 6-month commitment and report to the Volunteer Coordinator and the Center Director.
Shrine Room Floor Cleaning
The Shrine Room Floor Cleaning staff member is responsible for sweeping and cleaning the floors of both the Main Shrine Room and Shambhala Training Hall on a weekly basis. Typically this takes place on Friday afternoons. Removing the cushions and gomdens prior to sweeping and replacing them afterwards is also a part of this role.
The Shrine Room Floor Cleaning staff member works four hours per week at the Boulder Shambhala Center with a 6-month commitment and report to the Volunteer Coordinator and the Center Director.
Satellite Staff Mentor
The Satellite Staff Mentor serves as a resource for guidance and support for all Satellite Staff members during their 6-month path of service in their assigned role. The Mentor helps the other Satellite Staff to understand the connection between Shambhala environment at the Center and its connection with the Kalapa Court as a manifestation of Enlightened Society. The Mentor also assists with quarterly leadership trainings.
The Satellite Staff Mentor works four hours per week at the Boulder Shambhala Center with a 6-month commitment and report to the Volunteer Coordinator and the Center Director.