About Us

Ratna Ling’s residential work-study program combines meaningful work with opportunities for inner growth. No religious affiliation is required to participate although we are seeking those with a sincere interest in Buddhist-related studies and in our community’s two-fold mission preserving Tibetan Buddhist culture and establishing opportunities to engage Buddhist and related secular teachings in the West.

This immersive program is best for stable, grounded individuals who thrive on the feeling of accomplishment that meaningful work provides. We require an initial commitment of 6 months with a 4-week trial period. For those who find our community and lifestyle a good fit, longer-term opportunities are possible.

The Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, one of the first traditionally trained Tibetan Buddhist teachers to arrive in America, founded Ratna Ling Retreat Center in 2004 to serve as an intentional, spiritual community. Tarthang Tulku is the founder of the Nyingma Mandala of organizations which includes 17 non-profit organizations serving Asian and Western communities by preserving, translating and sharing Tibetan Buddhist wisdom.

Ratna Ling’s faculty and staff consist almost entirely of full-time resident volunteers who work for one of four of our sister organizations, all with operations located onsite:

Funds raised from our Ratna Ling’s retreat programs go to support our sister organizations whose projects and activities work to preserve the Tibetan Buddhist culture including the Yeshe De project which replicates rare Buddhist texts and distributes them to monasteries around the world.

Our faculty and staff consist entirely of full-time resident volunteers from all over the world. Most volunteers stay 6 months to a year, but many stay longer and some become long-term community members.