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A sense of generosity and desire to be of service can arise quite simply from a meditator’s growing sense of connection to self and to other. From this connection can come a dissolution of the barriers between self and other and a growing willingness to take some responsibility to help create a world more in tune with Buddhist principles. In this way, giving service provides a way for each of us to deepen our dharma practice.
One of the many ways in which service can be given is through the Sangha itself. We readily welcome your assistance helping out before and after retreats. There are several ways you can be involved: promotions, social media, picking people up from the airport, helping set up at the retreat, registering people and packing up after the event.
In the spirit of service and generosity, we ask that everyone who comes to any retreat contribute time and energy each day towards the running of the retreat. This is usually for about one hour and it may entail washing up, chopping vegies, cleaning or gardening.
There are several large professional–type jobs that are filled on a voluntary basis for every retreat. These are retreat management, booking and cooking roles that require some training and experience. The Sangha provides reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses for these roles. We are always eager to add names to our list of folk willing to undertake these essential and much-appreciated jobs.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to become involved in the Sangha while giving service. Please let us know if you'd like to help.