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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Yes, Chef. We are looking for you.

Here is what I know to be true. A job can be hum drum, thankless, easy to resent and hard to forget. Work, however, can be enthralling, inspirational, abundance attracting and when injected in a balanced dose, it nourishes a sense of community and compassion. How do I know? Because I am living and breathing that work every day at Ratna Ling Retreat Center. Know what else? You can, too. You are already part of our community, now get more involved. We are seeking culinary artists: talented chefs, eager cooks, Susie Homemakers, experimental kitchen magicians, recent culinary school graduates. and abuelitas de la futura. We see you! And we need your experience and love of food to nourish our community and guests at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center.    Here is how your Ratna…
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Volunteer Manifesto: Shari – Mandala Wellness Center

Ratna Ling Volunteer, Volunteer Manifesto
I have been a volunteer at Ratna Ling for 3 years now.  It is hard to believe that a gypsy such as I am, has stayed in one place for so long.  There are many reasons for this steadiness, some of which I will try to articulate in this blog post. Before I drove up the road to Ratna Ling the first time, I pulled over and had a great cry.  I let go of so many things that afternoon.  I knew that it was an important time for me and that the release was part of the transformation that was about the happen in my life. The very first thing I noticed was how quiet it is here.  There is a profound silence to the land with the tall…
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