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The Tools You Will Need at Ratna Ling

Ratna Ling Volunteer
When all your needs are met and time is an unnecessary construct, what will you do with your life? Ratna Ling is a place that seems to transcend space and time. It’s not paradise and it doesn’t promise to be. It’s easy to idealize the lifestyle, the land, the people here and at some point, all of us do.That said, most volunteers arrive here because something in their life isn’t working. Family, job, romantic relationship, spiritual numbness, whatever it is, it doesn’t quite sit right. So, you start searching for something different, something that speaks to you where you are in your life. Something that makes more sense. Something in the middle of the Sonoma County woods, a long walk to the ocean and built on the premise that we…
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What is a spiritual community?

Buddhism, community, Ratna Ling Volunteer
What is a spiritual community? At Ratna Ling, we self-identify as a spiritual community rooted in the principles of Buddhism. But what does that actually mean? Here are a few things that happen here that you may or may not associate with spiritual study and growth practice. We meditate together. There is something about the energy channeled during group meditation that fills a room like wisps of smoke. Deep inhales, intentional exhales, even the sound of a body as it relaxes deeper into practice can take you deeper into your own. We meditate together often as a community and daily in smaller groups. We have meetings. Did you ever hear the David Grady skit about conference calls? Or watch an episode of The Office? Every morning we meet together to…
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The Value of Joy

Ratna Ling Volunteer
The Value of Joy by Kel Cenga; serial volunteer at Ratna LingDescribing your current joyful state of being post hoc to living at a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center is far more effective than describing some high degree of realization achieved in utter quiet, nested in the tall trees of the redwoods- at a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center. In coming to Ratna Ling, I was ardently focused on finding a method to being able to achieve real relaxation at the end of the day, and enjoy my free time. Although I feel I’ve gained some insight into this and so very much more, the paramount importance of my volunteer experience lies in my current experience external to the retreat center, in Boston. One of the first things I noticed when I…
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