The residential program allows novice Dharma workers to go to work from the temple and participate in the temple schedule after the day's work. The nonresidential novice Dharma worker does the program on weekends. The program is designed to train people in the art of mindful living and helping and in the advancement of a self-sufficient and non-consumerist culture.
The program consists of:
In Meditation, the novice Dharma worker trains to attain calm and clarity of mind. In Mindfulness, the novice Dharma worker learns skillful means such as not wasting, trains to extend him/herself to help others selflessly, and to do more with less. In Water Practice, the novice Dharma worker trains to bend and lower him/herself in love and humility, and learns to always rise and renew him/herself fresh like flowing water that purifies itself pure and clean. In the Study of Prajnaparamita Sutra, the novice Dharma worker learns to recite the Heart Sutra.
All Dharma workers must adhere to the Eight Precepts of BSCW and follow the spirit of the Ten Vows of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra as guiding principles. Dharma workers in the residential program also take Five Monastic Vows:
Vow of Poverty
Vow of Selfless Service
Vow of Community Life
Vow of Humility
Vow of Boundless Heart
The priests of the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom (BSCW) act as teachers to the Dharma workers in the three to six-month training and provide instruction and encouragement.
The residential Dharma worker is required to make a $500 donation to the temple each month to cover the expenses of room, board and training. For nonresidential novice Dharma workers please inquire your local temple.
Who Can Apply for the Dharma Worker Program?
Dharma Worker Program Application Form