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Work-Practice Program | Practice in daily life

In the touching the earth mudra, the fingers of the Buddha in Milarepa Hall, Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, represent Buddha's commitment to liberation

Everything we do is practice: Sitting in meditation. Chopping carrots. Attending a puja. Digging in the garden. Work-Practice offers a means of living this practice, integrating practice with daily life. Along with dana, such practice is among the best ways to accumulate merit.

Work-practice students create the inner skeleton for the Buddha at the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, CragsmoorThe Center has positions for four to six Work-Practice students at any given time. Students work an average of four hours a day in exchange for a 50% discount on room and board. Jobs include cleaning the center, working on the grounds, cooking and assisting with programs.

Upon arrival, you will meet with a resident lama to discuss your personal practice goals; you will also meet with Center staff to discuss your work assignments, which will be based on both your skills and the current needs of the Center. From these, we will design your daily practice and work schedule.

As a Work-Practice student, you will have a private room on site and will take meals in the dining hall. You are expected to join the Center’s morning salutations and meditation and our Sunday Meditation. You may be asked to work during ticketed events, but may sit in on any portions once you have fulfilled your duties.

We welcome those who wish to pursue work-practice as commuters, as well as residents.

APPLICATION PROCESS: If you are interested in joining our Work-Practice Program, please fill out an application. We will contact you for an interview and to discuss potential dates.

PREREQUISITES: We look for a willingness to work with others and an eagerness to study and practice the dharma. We prefer that you also have some familiarity with meditation.

TIME COMMITMENT: Work-practice students are encouraged to stay for one month, and must commit to a minimum stay of two weeks.


  • Enthusiastic, resilient and thoughtful demeanor
  • Physical, mental and emotional stability
  • The desire and ability to fulfill your commitment
  • The discipline to commit to a schedule or process, including timeliness
  • Strong aspiration and openness to learn
  • An established meditation practice or strong intention to establish one
  • The ability to take direction
  • Flexibility
  • Ease working and living in close proximity to others
  • A friendly helpful manner towards guests, volunteers, staff and vendors
  • A commitment to our values and code of conduct
  • 18 years or older
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