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When the world asks you to go within

Ratna Ling Volunteer
What does it mean to go inside oneself? Often there is hesitancy because we don’t fully understand how it works and more importantly, we can’t be sure what we may find there. The riddles found in the personal growth section of your bookstore do little to clear this up for us. What we come to understand through the inner work offered at Ratna Ling is that we are in fact going within everyday of our lives. When your friend asks how you are feeling or  your boss asks if you have hit that deadline, your attention is automatically taken from the outside world to the inside one. When you take an intentional look inside, you are offered, effectively, the Greatest Show on Earth. It’s where you’ll discover who you are,…
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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 occasionally as a  community and also 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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