Remote forest monasteries like Tisarana Buddhist Monastery, generally depend on the voluntary services
of Lay Stewards for day-to-day activities such as cooking, driving and shopping for essential needs of the
community. Our Stewards live on-site, full-time, volunteering their services free of charge, for a certain
period (minimum of three months). Stewards form an integral part of our community, participating in the
daily routine and serving the resident community.
This is an excellent opportunity for practitioners looking for a simple lifestyle dedicated to service and
meditation while strengthening their attitudes of generosity and renunciation. Living in a community of
like-minded individuals with similar outlook is a major source of upliftment leading to the deepening of
The Kitchen Steward is responsible for preparing meals for the resident community, maintaining the
kitchen roster, scheduling and coordinating Dana offerings, managing kitchen facilities and supplies,
attending to food safety and cleanliness, driving to Perth or Ottawa for shopping/errands, etc. Cooking
experience in a community environment would be highly desirable although not essential; on-the-job
training is provided. Actual meal preparation duties are shared with others on a rotational basis, as needed.
Suitable Resident Lay Steward candidates will possess:
– Commitment to abide by the Eight Precepts while at the monastery.… Read the rest