Friday, September 11, 2009

FWBO Development Team seeks Assistant

The FWBO Development Team
is looking for an Assistant… 
Might you be interested in working for the FWBO Development Team?
 * The Development Team (currently Lokabandhu, Siddhisambhava, and Vajragupta) is making a significant contribution to the FWBO, helping the European FWBO Chairs Assembly maintain the FWBO’s unity and vibrancy.
* Projects that we’ve undertaken, or commissioned and funded, include the new Dharma Training Course for Mitras, a new FWBO website, a forthcoming book on the history of the FWBO, fundraising for Bhante and other projects, the International Urban Retreat, events to help make the FWBO more attractive to young people, and much, much more…
* We’re looking for an Order member to be a part-time assistant working closely with Vajragupta, Director of the Development Team.
* Your main areas of work would be…
a) Helping to run events such as the FWBO International Retreat, International Urban Retreat, or “inspiring young people with the Dharma” weekends. You’d be involved in “visioning” the events to maximise their potential, and then overseeing their organisation, publicity, and so on.
b) Helping with the administration of the charity, keeping the books and preparing charity accounts, banking, paying bills and wages, and overseeing the FWBO Chairs Assembly Fund.
c) Helping to communicate the work of the FWBO Chairs Assembly: preparing and distributing “briefings” of our work, helping to consult chairs and centres on new proposals, collating feedback, keeping a database of chairs, mitra convenors, and centre managers.
* You’d need to be… an Order member who loves the FWBO and wants to help it to thrive! We’re looking for someone who is self-motivated, efficient, with a good eye for detail.  You’ll need to be able to organise big events that require co-ordination between people in different locations. You’ll also need to communicate written information clearly and attractively. Skills such as basic publicity design (web and printed) and book-keeping would be an advantage… but don’t worry, we can also provide training…
* It would be a big advantage, though not essential, if you lived as near as possible to Worcester, UK where Vajragupta lives.
* The job is for 2 ½ days per week, with 6 weeks retreat time, and there is a support package of £6K per year.
* For a full job description and application form, or if you’d like more information, or if you are interested but the details above don’t quite work for you, then please contact (or phone 01905-729683) and we can talk about it! The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st October and we hope to interview on Thursday 5th November in London.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bristol Buddhist Centre is seeking an Office Administrator!

We’re recruiting for a 3rd person to work alongside Amaladevi and Satyalila in the Bristol Buddhist Centre office in August – the Job Ad/Description etc are attached below. The closing date is Friday 3 July at 9.00 am and interviews will be on the morning of Friday 10 July.

The Bristol Buddhist Centre is at the heart of a large, expanding sangha hosting a busy and varied programme of courses for newcomers, through to experienced Dharma practitioners. The team at the Bristol Buddhist Centre is looking for a competent Office Administrator to support the two existing Centre Managers in the day to day administration of the Centre. The team is value-driven, with Buddhist principles underpinning its team-based right livelihood work.

The job is an interesting and engaging role, involving the day to day, ‘holding of the fort’, meeting and greeting, taking calls and enquiries, running the booking system for courses and classes, updating the financial system and assisting in keeping the website updated. This post is part time (21 or 24.5 hours (negotiable) spread over 4 days) and based in Bristol. Payment will be on the basis £7.73 ph plus retreat allowance.

There will be liaison with the existing team, volunteers, the Buddhist Centre ‘exec’ and the wider sangha. The ideal candidate, as well as being able to participate fully in the ethos of the Bristol Buddhist Centre (as a going for refuge mitra or order member within the FWBO/WBO*) would have the following skills, preferably proven by their prior experience:-

- Proven office administration experience, including a good phone manner
- Effective organisational and multi-tasking skills
- Sound communication, interpersonal and liaising skills
- The ability to work alone and with others
- A solution-focused approach

Please contact Amaladevi and Satyalila on (0117) 924 9991 or by email at for more details. To apply for this post, please email a covering letter, detailing how your skills, experience and character are appropriate for this post. If you wish, you may include a CV, but please note that this should not take the place of a letter of application. The closing dates for application is Friday 3 July at 9.00 am. Interviews are planned to take place during the morning of Friday 10 July and the proposed start date is w/c 10 August 09.

A bit about the Bristol Buddhist Centre…
The Centre offers a busy and varied programme of meditation, Buddhism and yoga classes and courses. The Centre is part of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order and many of the classes are taught by members of the Order. There are currently approximately forty members of the Western Buddhist Order living in and around Bristol, 70-80 mitras (friends) of the Centre and a large wider sangha of local people who drop into events. There has been a Buddhist Centre owned and run by FWBO Bristol since 1981. The Centre has been at its current location for the past 12 years.

For further information and to get a sense of what’s going on, please visit the Centre website:

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Centre Manager required for Cambridge Buddhist Centre

The entrance to the Cambridge Buddhist CentreThe FWBO’s Cambridge Buddhist Centre is at the heart of a large sangha and runs a popular range of courses for newcomers as well as events for the more mature sangha. It also runs a range of courses in bodywork and mindfulness-based approaches.

The Centre is looking for a new Centre Manager. The exact responsibilities will depend on the applicant and the existing team, but are likely to include:

  • Managing the office team and volunteers
  • Overseeing the administration of the Centre
  • Managing the day-to-day finances, including supervising a book-keeper
  • Working closely with the Council and those teaching at the Centre

 The ideal candidate would be

  • an Order member or mitra [1]
  • good with people
  • well organised
  • be computer literate and able to use Word and Excel
  • confident with figures and understand finances
  • flexible
  • work well with others 

If possible we would like someone with experience of team-based right livelihood and of fund raising. 

Further information about the job and support package is available from Tejasvini at or 01223 273974.

Ruchiraketu will not be available for most of April, so please send all applications also to Tejasvini on the above contact information.

[1] Genuine Occupational Requirement - Section 7(3)(a) of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 applies.

Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 38 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8DT

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Glasgow Buddhist Centre seeks administrator

The FWBO's Glasgow Buddhist Centre is looking for a new administrator.

This full-time supported vacancy involves administering the GBC's financial systems, co-ordinating and working with our excellent volunteer receptionists and handling routine admin tasks.

Previous work experience in admin is essential for this post.

You will work alongside Gunasiddhi, the centre manager and Dassini, the centre director as part of the centre team, who are Gunasiddhi, Dassini and Suriyavamsa.

The Glasgow Buddhist Centre is a friendly and thriving place, having been established for 35 years. For a look at the range of what we teach, see

For more information please contact Dassini at

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Manager for dental practice in Bristol

Most adverts on FWBO Jobs are from FWBO 'institutions' such as Buddhist Centres or Team-Based Right Livelihoods. However there are hundreds of Order Members practicing Right Livelihood in other ways - and we are happy to host advertisements from them if they are seeking to work with other Buddhists or to practice Buddhist principles and precepts in thier work. So -

Jvalamalini is looking for a practice manager to help her run the dental business in Bristol, UK. Birdwell Clinic provides quality dentistry, physiotherapy and complementary therapies to the local community on the outskirts of Bristol. We are a friendly team of caring people, who enjoy working together to build relationships with patients to make their visits to us as stress-free as possible. We are rewarded by having (mostly!) lovely patients.

She needs someone to take an operational strategic role that will ensure excellent patient experience by engaging in the following:-

· Developing and maintaining systems
· Facilitating excellent team performance
· Assisting with financial management and planning
· Initiating and overseeing marketing activity in order to grow the private dental practice effectively

The right person would have the ability to take initiative; be familiar with systems, procedures and IT; able to generate ideas and create a culture of ideas. Also an excellent communicator; able to enthuse, persuade and develop people; mature, unflappable, with management experience and the ability to handle difficult situations diplomatically and effectively

The post is part-time initially, and the ability to be flexible and self-organising is important.

For further information please contact Jvalamalini or telephone 01275 392912 (home) 01275 393149 (work). See also their website

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Finance Worker for the North London Buddhist Centre

The North London Buddhist Centre Sangha has created a lovely, welcoming environment in a prime location accessible to 2 million plus Londoners. We have a beautiful building and an established sangha. We offer lots of classes in dharma and bodywork and more besides.

We need a part time finance worker to join our team. The work includes day to day financial admin,(bill payments, wages, monitoring income and expenditure etc), processing gift aid tax claims, working with our book keeper to oversee the day to day data entry, working with our treasurer to produce financial reports and budget updates, and other miscellaneous responsibilities.

We are a small and friendly team. We're open to you simply taking on the financial administration. However if you wish to get involved in other aspects of the centre's work, there is plenty of opportunity for initiative and enthusiasm.

Part time support package available.

If you're interested get in touch: or ring
Visuddhimati at the centre on 020 7700 1177.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Padmaloka Job Opportunity

Padmaloka Retreat Centre is looking for a man to join the community and to work in the office. The core part of the job is to process money and payments in preparation for our accountant and to help run the padmaloka office. There is also room for expansion partly based on your skills, however ideally this would include IT support, web design, editing mp3 talks, database management and managing small Padmaloka projects in liaison with the manager and chairman.

This is a great opportunity to live as part of a thriving men's community helping to create an inspiring place for people to learn and practise the Dharma.

Padmaloka offers a full support package including 8 weeks per year annual leave.

Essential Requirements
1. Ordained or have requested ordination into the Western Buddhist Order.
2. Basic office skills.
3. Able to work well in a team.
4. Able to work patiently with people attending retreats.
5. Flexible, friendly, reliable, organised, hard-working, self-motivated.

Preferred Requirements
1. Good IT skills including: IT support, Database Skills, Web Design Skills, Book-keeping Skills.
2. Project Management Skills
3. Have attended retreats at Padmaloka in the past and are already on friendly terms with members of the Padmaloka community.
4. Experience of FWBO community life.
5. Experience of FWBO team based work.

All enquiries please contact
(you will have to type this in by hand) or phone UK 07952 253170

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