Volunteering at the Center

Who can volunteer?

Anyone who is interested can volunteer. Special skills or experience are not required. Many of our volunteer opportunities can be done by anyone with minimal training. Many volunteers find however that their skills increase through helping the Center.

Any special skills that you would like to share are worth mentioning, as this would be a wonderful way to benefit the Dharma community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will it take?

Many of our volunteer jobs require less than 2 hours of time per month! Of course, you can perform multiple tasks or develop your volunteer area using additional free time that you may have. The main thing is to remember that every hour of volunteering benefits the community. We will work your schedule and availability.

What kinds of volunteer opportunities are there?

Our volunteer needs range from being a host for our events, assisting with the bookstore, cleaning and clerical tasks, to other more specific areas like bookkeeping, graphic design, fundraising or event planning. To find out more about the different opportunities, please complete the form on the side.

How do I get started?

To get started, please contact the Center at 563-6000 and leave a message. We will follow-up with you as quickly as possible.

Our mission is to provide the Santa Barbara community access to Buddhist meditation to cultivate meaningful, peaceful, and happy lives.

Mahakankala Buddhist Center approaches training the mind following the teachings of the New Kadampa Tradition, which present the practice of Buddhist meditation to the world in a manner that is modern and practical. We offer many courses and study programs for all levels of practitioners, ranging from people who just wish to learn about meditation through to those who wish to engage in in-depth study and practice of the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

The time you contribute is incredibly meaningful and will contribute to the spreading of Buddha’s teachings in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas. This means you will be helping others learn the true causes of happiness and how to attain it!

 “Thank you for your interest in helping to spread Buddha’s teachings. If we think clearly we shall realize that all our present and future happiness depends upon our cherishing others.”   —-Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso