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Volunteer opportunity at Lawudo retreat in Nepal

WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER AT LAWUDO?

Lawudo Gompa and Retreat Center is looking for fit, energetic and devoted Dharma students who would like to spend between one and three months living and working as part of a small Sherpa community in the Solu Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalayas.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING AT LAWUDO

Volunteering at Lawudo provides a unique opportunity to offer service in one of the most remote and beautiful retreat centers in the world, and at the heart of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s mandala. Most people find it an unforgettable and magical experience of sharing a traditional way of life in a blessed place surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain peaks.

If possible, you will have already visited Lawudo and will understand the physical and mental challenges of living there. For example:

  • Bedrooms are simple and unheated (you’ll need a 5-season sleeping bag.)
  • There are compost toilets, an intermittent water supply (no taps or electric showers) and any hot water has to be heated over the stove
  • The diet is mainly potatoes, vegetables and tsampa, washed down with copious amounts of tea. Anything else has to be carried in by porters.
  • The weather can be cold and wet, with mist and cloud cover for days on end, while on other days there may be beautiful blue skies.
  • There’s no TV or radio - although there’s generally 3G reception further down the mountainside.
  • The nearest shop is a half day walk away, in Namche Bazaar
  • Lawudo is approximately 14,000 feet (4000 meters) above sea level so most visitors experience some shortness of breath, particularly in the first few days

Simone Fry was a volunteer at Lawudo in 2017. You can read about her experiences here.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Your main tasks will be cleaning and preparing bedrooms, cleaning and making water offerings in the gompa, assisting in the kitchen, general maintenance, and helping to carry water and shopping. The Sherpas work hard, and you will be expected to do the same. It is helpful to know if you have any specific skills that you’d like to offer.

Board and accommodation (usually $30 per day) are provided free of charge. Hours are variable but there will be one day off each week. You will need to arrange and pay for your own Nepalese visa and travel to Lawudo, including permit and park entry fees..

NEXT STEPS

If you would like to be considered as a Lawudo volunteer, please send an email to lovelawudo@gmail.com

The first step will be a conversation about why you want to volunteer, what else you’d like to know, and when you are available. As a second step you’ll be asked to provide two Dharma references. If both sides are happy with the possibility of a volunteer placement, the third step is to put you in touch with Sangay Sherpa, who is the Director of Lawudo and will make the final decision.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Lawudo.

 

 

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Lawudo Retreat Center is affiliated with the FPMT. For more details visit the FPMT web site www.fpmt.org

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition is an international, non-profit organization, founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84), a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The Foundation is devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service. We provide integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion. Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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