The Yeshe De Text Preservation Project was founded by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1983 and is dedicated to preserving the Tibetan Culture. A non-profit organization committed to the replication of rare Buddhist teachings, our volunteers work as a team year round to make Tibetan books and prayer wheels to be given away at the annual World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India–– the site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
Our team is motivated by knowing that we make a difference by impacting the lives of thousands of refugees in Asia. We give our time and energy freely to save Tibetan texts that contain teachings that would otherwise be lost.
Work at the book bindery is hands-on and physical. Areas of work include the assembling of traditional Tibetan books and wrapping them in colorful fabric, putting books in slipcases and boxing them up for shipment to India. Volunteers can also trained on a variety of bindery machines like the collator, gold stamper, trimmer and folder.
Our volunteers utilize work as a vehicle for practicing the Buddhist teachings. The Skillful Means teachings show us that we can use any work and life situation as a path of change. Personal growth is fostered through practicing self-awareness, caring, and taking responsibility as we work. By engaging situations without holding back, we learn that we create our own limitations and that we are capable of so much more than we thought we were.
We invite you to be part of one of the largest text preservation projects on Earth and at the same time learn about yourself!
Visit the Yeshe De Text Preservation Project Facebook page to see how you’ll spend your volunteer time at the book bindery.