The Learning Dharma Skills Program has been created to facilitate the compassionate vision of international sangha and friends, both to preserve Padma Samye Ling (PSL) as a center of study and practice, and to reflect their devotion to the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches’ mandala and lineage.

Padma Samye Ling monastery is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist retreat center devoted to Dharma service, meditation, and community living. This beautiful mandala sits at 2,000 feet on 500 acres of pristine countryside. It reflects the glorious vision of our spiritual directors, Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, to establish a living community that fosters world peace.

Program participants are invited to join in all retreats and teaching programs at PSL, partake in annual language courses, enjoy our beautiful temple with traditional Tibetan architecture and mural paintings, study in the Shantarakshita library, and delight in the breathtaking views and scenic trails of our flourishing retreat environment.

Area of program assistance include:

  • Temple Caretaking
  • Nutritious Vegetarian Cooking
  • Administration & Retail
  • Building Maintenance
  • Vegetable & Flower Gardening
  • Creative Construction Projects
  • Multimedia & Library Sciences
  • Fine Arts

Seasonal Sessions

The Learning Dharma Skills Program is seasonal, and your involvement would be most welcome during these periods:

  • Summer (June-Aug)
  • Autumn (Sept-Nov)
  • Winter (Dec-Feb)
  • Spring (Mar-May)

Participants are encouraged to volunteer for any length of time.


Scholarships may be Full, Partial, or Seasonal.
All contributions are appreciated. Please inquire for more details.

How to Apply

You can apply for the Learning Dharma Skills Program by downloading the application or call (607) 865-8068 to request application by mail.

Download Program Brochure

Download Program Application

Download Program Information

For more details, please contact us at
Padma Samye Ling
618 Buddha Hwy.
Sidney Center, NY 13839
(607) 865-8068

View a participant's story.
from Pema Mandala, Fall/Winter 2005