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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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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Saying farewell? Here are some tips to make it a healthy experience

Ratna Ling Volunteer
Saying goodbye is difficult for almost everyone, even if the experience was not particularly favorable. For some, it is such a challenge that it can be tempting to avoid it altogether. Last week we said farewell to Kel, a committed returning volunteer for the bindery at Yeshe De Text Preservation. The team at Yeshe De is working each day creating empowerments, collating Tibetan books, and wrapping them for packing. During his stay here, Kel also co-guided a study group for the community on the Four Noble Truths with another dedicated volunteer. Humans are hard-wired to connect, as years of attachment research have shown us. Children depend heavily on their parents for basic survival and this early experience stimulates the growth of neural pathways that establish a foundation of patterns of response to…
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