Make a difference at Root Institute

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Root Institute is a dynamic and very active dharma centre on the outskirts of Bodhgaya, a quick rickshaw drive or walk to the Mahabodhi Temple.

The centre is run by Indian and international staff and volunteers in a friendly and collaborative environment. Your job will involve interacting with other departments, so an open, friendly and patient attitude is essential.

Volunteering with us is a wonderful opportunity to offer service in the blessed environment of Bodhgaya. Root Institute seeks committed volunteers to form a dedicated team who will fulfil the wishes of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche to repay the kindness of the Indian people by providing the opportunity for people to study and practise the Buddha dharma, and by serving the impoverished community in and around Bodhgaya.

Volunteers should be willing to live according to the Buddhist Five Precepts, essentially with an interest in spiritual practice, and a sincere respect for our spiritual environment (there is little normal social life in Bodhgaya). The spiritual programme as well as the community health projects are run according to Buddhist principles and beliefs. The work is satisfying and exciting, with space for creativity in the workplace.

Volunteering opportunities

Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC) – posted May 2024

Root Institute for Wisdom Culture, a socially engaged Dharma Centre, is looking to recruit a dynamic, organised and compassionate person as our Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC). The Spiritual Programme Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the quality, variety and depth of our spiritual programme, which reflect the unique teaching style of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

The primary responsibility of the SPC is to work harmoniously with the centre director in nurturing the spiritual needs of Root Institute’s residential, and transitory international, community. The SPC acts as the representative of the centre in this regard.

During our busy season (October to March) the SPC is responsible for planning and coordinating our spiritual programme consisting of introductory, intermediate and advanced courses offered by visiting teachers, meditation practices at holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites, retreats and other offering practices at the Mahabodhi Stupa. The SPC can take the initiative to create a team consisting of an assistant, meditation, course, and pilgrimage leaders to implement these duties.

The SPC is appointed by the Centre Director for a minimum of two years. It is possible for applicants to extend their contract.

Qualifications required for this position
  • Respect for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and familiarity with and respect for the FPMT organisation
  • Previous experience with planning/organising events
  • Good management and interpersonal skills
  • Advertising skills – making use of flyers, and all up to date media wherever possible.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with others in a constantly changing environment; good hospitality skills
  • Familiarity with, or willing to become familiar with, and follow FPMT policy, including teacher policy and Sangha protocols
  • Being well-informed about FPMT education programmes, and interested to seek and follow guidance from FPMT Education Services
  • Knowledge of common Mahayana prayers and practices; ability to set up and lead pujas.
  • Good written and oral communication skills in the English language
  • Basic Dharma knowledge and enthusiasm for Dharma and service
  • Ability and enthusiasm to establish and maintain a practice programme of ongoing meditation, rituals, and retreats, and pilgrimages.
  • Cultural awareness of India
  • A sense of humour.
  • Monthly stipend
  • Free accommodation and three delicious vegetarian meals daily at the centre
  • Free access to Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Clinic
  • 1 month of paid leave and 1 month of unpaid leave per year.

Application process

If you would like to know more about this position and think you would like to work in Bodhgaya in India, holiest of holy places, then please email the following documents to our Director, Kabir Saxena –

  • current C.V.
  • letter of motivation, including why you wish to work at Root Institute, in Bodhgaya
  • recent photo
  • two professional references
  • one spiritual reference / Dharma friend.


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