Six Work/Study Positions Available

Your Volunteer Experience

Empower Change: Six Spots Open! Join Our Volunteer Team for a Meaningful Journey


 Your Role

  • Engage in hands-on work at the Yeshe De book bindery.
  • Experience the rhythm of practice in a dynamic group environment.
  • Learn and operate bindery equipment including the collator, gold stamper, trimmer, and folder.
  • No prior experience needed; comprehensive training will be provided.
  • Develop your own confidence on the jobs. Our management style supports individual initiative and decision making.

Why Join?

  • Personal Growth: Unveil your latent potential, uncover profound teachings, and grow through transformative experiences.        
  • Community Connection: Immerse yourself in a compassionate community where work, life, and personal growth converge in a spiritually enriching environment– a community deeply committed to personal development, spiritual practice, and the preservation of the endangered wisdom tradition of the Tibetans.
  • Meaningful Impact: Contribute to a global cause while making a direct impact on individuals and communities.

Become a part of the Yeshe De Text Preservation Project founded by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche in 1983. Tarthang Tulku is a Tibetan spiritual teacher. Our focus is preserving the wisdom tradition of Tibet through printing and binding books in the Tibetan language.

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.

Your Impact



  • Global Reach: Be a vital contributor to one of the most extensive text preservation projects in history.
  • Direct Impact: Extend the reach of our books to numerous Tibetan monks, nuns, and laypeople, providing them with the essential tools to delve into the vast teachings of the Buddha.
  • Crafting Hope: Weave threads of hope, resilience, and a promising future for Tibetan communities in need of educational resources. 

Volunteer Programming

Weekly Classes

  • Online and In-Person: Engage in classes for personal development and spiritual practice.
  • Topics Include: Delve into Tibetan yoga (Kum Nye), Buddhist studies, Skillful Means, and the reading of the sutras (the Buddha’s teachings).
  • Enrich Your Journey: Deepen your connection with Tibetan spiritual practice beyond the bindery.

Work Schedule

  • Hours: 8 am to 5 pm, with one hour for lunch and two half-hour breaks in the morning and afternoon.
  • Days: Five days a week (Monday – Friday), with Saturdays dedicated to garden work and other community projects on the property.


Volunteers benefit from

  • Free room and board
  • Free vegetarian meals
  • A monthly living allowance for incidental expenses
  • Free classes at Ratna Ling, Nyingma Institute, and Dharma College
  • Remote location in Northern California near Pacific Ocean
  • Four free books per year from Dharma Publishing
  • Possibility of being sponsored to travel to the Prayer Festival in Bodh Gaya, India for two weeks in January

Inquire/Share with Us !

Skillful Action

At Yeshe De, the bindery transcends mere workspace– it’s a transformative path. Embrace the teachings, turning each task into a canvas for personal growth. Refine technique and processes to refine yourself– cultivating self-awareness, care, and a deep sense of responsibility. 
Written by founding Lama, Tarthang Tulku, Skillful Means is a good look into the guiding principles this community was built upon and works from. You can “check it out”/”borrow” it here, an online virtual library, to learn more!

The Great Transmission

The Great Transmission is the story of Tibetan refugee lama, Tarthang Tulku, and his efforts to preserve the sacred Buddhist texts of his tradition. It places that story within the epic journey of a precious inheritance of human knowledge from its origins in Ancient India to the present day, celebrating the valiant efforts of those devoted to its survival. 

If you are interested in watching film in full, click here and enter the code “Guna8670″. 

“Energy is our most precious resource, for it is the means by which we
transform our creative potential
into meaningful action."

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche