Lotus Volunteer Group

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ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Daily Chores and Work

 

Each morning the monastery holds a work period from 8:15am to just before the meal (ie 10:45am in the winter and 11:15 in the summer).

 

There are a wide variety of projects that people can help with depending on their abilities. These include cooking, cleaning, gardening and general maintenance of facilities. Any help is always welcomed and greatly appreciated.

 

If you would be interested to join in on any given day please do either or both of the following:

 

- contact us by email (see Contact Us page)

- just turn up at the Sala at 8am on any day that you have a couple of hours to spare

 

Note: On the Lunar Observance and following day there is no work period.

 

 

Amaravati Library

 

  • Bookbinder : the library has about 30 books that need restoring

  • Library assistant for Sundays from 11 am to 1 pm.

  • Archivists Assistants: the person will be required to catalog the archives of the forest Sangha

  • Singale speakers to help in the singalese cataloging project

  • Speakers of the following languages and basic computer knowledge to review our electronic catalogue: French, German, Dutch, Hungarian

 

 

Sound editing

 

  • Basic sound editing (e.g. cutting beginning and end, removing silences). The recordings are made in mp3

  • Noise reduction and amplification may be required

  • Adding appropriate tags to finalize the audio editing

 

 

Audio Transcribers

 

The Lotus Volunteer Group is always welcoming volunteers who wish to transcribe audio Dhamma talks throughout the year. You do not need to live locally as the audio files can be sent via the internet. All audio talks are in English.

 

 

Proof Reading 

 

The Publications Officer and his team are always keen to add people to their list of proof readers for the steady stream of new publications of teachings from the Sangha.

 

 

Translations

 

The Sangha welcomes volunteers for translating their publications into different languages.

 

 

Drivers wanted -  male and female

 

Drivers are needed from time to time to drive the monks and nuns to their various appointments. These trips can be local (to or from the station) or over longer distances (to sister monasteries or other teaching engagements around the country).

 

Drivers would drive the monastery vehicles or their own if they prefer. Both male and female drivers are needed. If you might be interested to join the pool of drivers please send us an email at

 

 

Converting VHS tapes into mp4 format

 

The monastery has a few dozens VHS tapes that need to be converted into mp4 digital format.

 

 

Scanning photo albums

 

ABM has quite a lot of photo albums that need to be scanned.

 

If you have a few hours in the mornings or weekends please send us an email. This work will be done at the office, so you will need to be at Amaravati.  

 

For more details please write to us at:

lvg.enquiry@gmail.com

 

 

 

ANNUAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

The following opportunities are offered yearly though the dates may change slightly from year to year.

 

 

Sangha’s Winter Retreat

 

ON-CALL VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED TO DO MAINTENANCE JOBS DURING JANUARY-MARCH

 

Amaravati monastery requires volunteers on an 'on-call' basis for the months of January-March of each year.

 

This is the Winter Retreat period at Amaravati, when the monastics take time off from their daily chores. Lay community support is greatly appreciated during this time.

 

Jobs include, plumbing, building repair, etc.

 

Volunteer(s) will be contacted in the event of an emergency or when and if there is a repair job that needs attention.

 

 

Kathina Festival (usually end of October to November)

 

The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years. It takes place during the month following the end of the Vassa (the three months’ Rains Retreat). Kathina is a very happy, warm-hearted time for celebration. It is a time to come together, focusing on the single act of generosity of offering the cloth and other requisites.

 

The lay Kathina organising committee is also seeking for volunteers to help out during Kathina day, if you like to volunteer, please contact lvg.enquiry@gmail.com

 

 

Vesakha Festival (usually in May)

 

Also known as ‘Buddha Day’, on this auspicious day we will be celebrating the three key events in the Buddha’s life that are traditionally considered to have taken place on the full moon of May: his birth, awakening to full enlightenment under the bodhi tree at the age of thirty five, and his final passing away, parinibbana, aged eighty.

 

Everyone is very welcome to join us for this event.

 

We would really appreciate if you can spare your time and join us to celebrate the Buddha’s life while helping out to make the event an enjoyable day for all.

 

 

 

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

August 2017

 

Long-term Lay Resident Gardener/Caretaker (at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery)

 

The community at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery has a space for a female long-term resident who would appreciate living within a Theravadan monastic community to further their practice.

 

We are looking for someone with gardening and practical skills to take responsibility for the general maintenance and appearance of the monastery’s ornamental gardens, shrubs and trees, working together with the other volunteers and monastics looking after the site.

 

This is a volunteer, residential position, available from mid December 2017 or April 2018.

Forfurtherinformationand contact details click here 

 

 

Long-term Lay Resident Gardener (at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery)

 

The community at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery has a space for a female long-term resident who would appreciate living within a Theravadan monastic community to further their practice.

 

We are looking for someone with gardening and practical skills to take responsibility for the general maintenance and appearance of the monastery’s ornamental gardens, shrubs and trees, working together with the other volunteers and monastics looking after the site.

 

This is a residential position, available from late-August 2017.

For further information and contact details click here

 

 

June 2017

 

Amaravati Long-term Resident Opportunity – Groundskeeper

 

The community at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery is looking for a long-term resident who would appreciate living within a Theravadan monastic community to further their practice. We are looking for a practically minded person with skills to undertake the role as Groundskeeper Volunteer Resident. This role includes taking responsibility for the general maintenance and appearance of the monastery’s extensive grounds, working together with the other volunteers and monastics looking after the site. This is a volunteer, residential role available from August 2017. Following a trial period of three months, the successful applicant may be invited to stay for one year initially. .

For further information and contact details please click here.

 

 

 

 

Ongoing Opportunities

Please check our Facebook page for latest opportunities, and 'Like' our page so you can get all the updates.

Opportunities

  • Drivers

  • Gardening

  • Proof Reading

  • Audio Editing

  • Translations

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