Community

Become a Member

Become an integral part of our community by starting or renewing a membership at Vajrayana Institute. Your membership contributes to supporting our sangha and the ongoing expenses of conducting the spiritual programme of the centre. Supporting the centre will continue to bear fruit for many generations and help repay the great kindness of our teachers.

Member Benefits

The yearly membership fee structure initiated in January 2016 is as follows: (Cost includes GST)

BENEFACTOR MEMBER
$1008

  • Free teachings at the centre
  • Free admission to workshops and public talks by visiting teachers
  • 10% discount on bookshop items
  • Free subscription to FPMT’s Mandala magazine (published twice a year)
  • Email updates from FPMT International and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Dedications in centres and pujas

GOLD MEMBER
$480

  • Free teachings at the centre
  • 10% discount on bookshop items
  • Free subscription to FPMT’s Mandala magazine (published twice a year)
  • Email updates from FPMT International and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Dedications in centres and pujas

FAMILY MEMBER
$360

  • Family membership includes, up to two adults and any dependent children under 21
  • 10% discount for all teachings
  • 10% discount on bookshop items
  • Free subscription to FPMT’s Mandala magazine (published twice a year)
  • Email updates from FPMT International and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Dedications in centres and pujas

SILVER MEMBER
$240

  • 10% discount for all teachings
  • 10% discount on bookshop items
  • Free subscription to FPMT’s Mandala magazine (published twice a year)
  • Email updates from FPMT International and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Dedications in centres and pujas

CONCESSION MEMBER
$120

  • Concession membership includes seniors, students, unemployed and low income earners
  • 10% discount for all teachings
  • 10% discount on bookshop items
  • Free subscription to FPMT’s Mandala magazine (published twice a year)
  • Email updates from FPMT International and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Dedications in centres and pujas

Apply or Renew VI Membership

To newly apply for VI membership, please read  the following terms and conditions related to our membership application carefully.
VI membership application is subjected to agreeing to Vajrayana Institute’s Rules and approval by Vajrayana Institute Executive Committee.

When you become a member of VI, you are asked to follow the advice of our Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche in regard to centre matters. We also require that no VI members practice Shugden. Information clarifying the history regarding the Shugden practice can be found on the FPMT website.

Thank you for becoming a member of VI and helping us to bring the Buddha’s teachings to sentient beings.

If you wish to become a member of Vajrayana Institute or would like to renew your membership download the form below. Once completed the form may be returned to VI via email – office@vajrayana.com.au – or forwarded in the post.

If you have any difficulties with this process or have questions please contact the office on office@vajrayana.com.au or Ph (02) 9798 9644.

Volunteering

Volunteering At Vajrayana

Vajrayana Institute relies on the ongoing support of volunteers for the centre to flourish.

Volunteers take on many responsibilities at the centre including working in the office and shop, as well as assisting with facilitating at teachings, big events and conferences. Volunteers also contribute by cleaning and tidying the gompa, helping with gardening, and cleaning and cooking meals for the resident Sangha.

If you would like to volunteer apply below

General

We are always looking for people who can help with general office assistance, dharma burning, mantra rolling, cleaning and gardening. If you can spare a few hours, please contact Ana, on 02 9798 9644 or office@vajrayana.com.au

Course facilitators

We need course facilitators for our regular teaching program, such as Discovering Buddhism on Monday evening, and for our weekend classes/workshops/retreats. Please email office@vajrayana.com.au if you can help with any of the events. Facilitators need to be able to arrive about 45 minutes before and stay back to tidy up after the course/event.

In general, the jobs we need help with at these events are as follows:

Public Talks & Saturday Afternoon Talks

  • Set up of gompa (chairs, cushions etc)
  • Reception, registration & bookshop sales
  • Meet & Greet
  • Sound & recording
  • Tidying up when the day is finished

Weekend Workshops & Retreat Days

  • Set up of gompa
  • Reception, registration & bookshop sales
  • Meet & Greet
  • Preparing and serving morning & afternoon teas
  • Setting out catered food for lunches
  • Lunch for the teacher
  • Sound & recording
  • Tidying up when the day is finished

 

Housekeeping Manager

We are seeking a Housekeeping Manager responsible for coordinating the cleaning and maintenance of the centre. This is a wonderful and precious opportunity to be of service to Vajrayana Institute and in return be offered free accommodation in a Tibetan Buddhist setting, conducive for meditation, Buddhist study and practice.

Essential skills/duties:

  • Ensure a high level of housekeeping service is provided and maintained
  • Planning and coordinating the activities of the housekeeping team to ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of the centre Gompa, laundry, bathrooms, common areas and guest rooms
  • Manage / coordinate / train volunteers
  • Inspecting all assigned areas to ensure standards are met and maintained
  • Extremely high standard of cleanliness and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of safe and efficient housekeeping procedures
  • Provide hands on service. General cleaning, sweeping, vacuuming, washing, dusting etc.
  • Shopping for centre consumables as well as Pujas, classes, workshops and events

This is a volunteer position – Lodging, utilities, internet and access to a great variety of teachings at the centre are provided free of charge. Experience preferred but not required. Immediate start is available.

For enquiries or to express interest please contact Reyne at spc@vajrayana.com

Audio Visual Manager

Volunteer Position

We are looking for someone to join our small team. We are seeking an enthusiastic person to manage all audio visual requirements of the centre. This is a wonderful and precious opportunity to contribute to Vajrayana Institute and in return for your services receive free access to a great variety of teachings, workshops.

Essential skills/duties:

  • Knowledge of audio visual equipment and software
  • Capturing audio and video
  • Editing audio and video
  • Streaming audio and video
  • Data management / Archiving

Experience required. Immediate start is available.

For enquiries or to express interest please contact Reyne at spc@vajrayana.com

Volunteer at Conferences and Events

Volunteers play such a vital role in the success of all of our events. Without the help of our wonderfully dedicated volunteers, it would be almost impossible for these events to be so successful.

Volunteers fill a range of roles at the Happiness & Its Causes Conference including front-of-house, directional help, ushering, pack up and pack down, taking care of conference speakers and running errands.

To be an excellent volunteer, you will:

  • have great communication skills for answering questions and giving conference attendees directions
  • have a ‘team focused’ attitude
  • have excellent problem-solving skills, reliability, and lots of energy
  • be comfortable talking with all sorts of people
  • have lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to help
  • be friendly, happy and an excellent representative for the Happiness & Its Causes Conference

Volunteering at our conferences and other events is a great way to meet people, gain new skills, as well as have fun and be part of a terrific team.

If you’d like to get involved and be part of a dynamic team, we would love to have you on-board. 

If you are interested in volunteering at our upcoming Happiness & Its Causes Conference & Wellness Show Expo running from 23-26 June 2019 at the Sydney International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, you can register you interest here: https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/HAPVOL/

Living At Vajrayana

Are you interested in deepening your dharma practice by living at Vajrayana Institute?

From time to time rooms come up for rent at the centre. If you wish to register your interest and be placed on our waiting list, please complete the Vajrayana Institute Resident Expression of Interest

Here are some criteria that you as a potential resident need to meet:

  • As Vajrayana Institute is a Buddhist teaching centre, you will be expected to live as a lay practitioner in a semi-monastic environment.
  • You will be expected to regularly attend teachings at the centre and be committed to the practice of Dharma. Note that all in-house teachings on the regular VI program are free of charge to residents. You should be a paid-up member of Vajrayana Institute and you must remain so throughout your stay.
  • You will be expected to commit to a minimum of two hours per week service to the centre.
  • To help you determine whether a semi-monastic life suits your personality, there is a trial period of three months for all new residents. At the completion of the trial period and before permanent residency is approved, you will be interviewed to assess your impressions of living here and your involvement in resident activities.
  • Rooms are rented on a single occupancy basis only.

Fill in this expression of interest form

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