Volunteering to Support Aloka Vihara

Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery was brought into being, and continues to be sustained by the efforts of many volunteers.


It is people like you, who give their energy and time to make this monastery possible. We deeply appreciate such generosity.

There are many ways to volunteer to support the vihara community, both in person at the monastery and from far away.

The most important attribute of a volunteer is not their location or the amount of time they can offer. It is a clear commitment to any project they take up. In turn, we who live at the vihara value the opportunity to practice more closely with our Dhamma friends, and commit to working together with you to accomplish the projects that make this community vibrant.

There’s just one step to getting more involved: Fill out the Volunteer Contact Information Form.

Please do not use this form to contact us about an overnight stay at the vihara ~ more information about overnight stays.

Once we have received your information, an Aloka Vihara resident will try to be in touch within one week. We want to connect and find out if there is a project you can start on right away. If not, we’ll keep your contact information on hand for future projects.

Community Work Days ~ Save the date(s)!


On these days, we all work together from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. We take a break for the midday meal, and end the day by sharing the benefits of our efforts. For the time of the pandemic, all Community Work Days have been cancelled.

In addition current Aloka Vihara projects in need of volunteer support are (*** indicates high priority):

Off site projects:

  • Audio editing and posting of Dhamma talks
  • Driving nuns and visitors around the San Francisco Bay Area or other places they are traveling

On site projects:

  • Driving nuns and visitors, particularly to and from the Sacramento area and the vihara ***
  • Cooking the midday meal for everyone at the vihara
  • Updating and maintaining our “free distribution book” offerings
  • General maintenance and improvements
  • Forest work
  • Gardening and yard maintenance, year-round, but especially in the spring and the fall

If these or other volunteer opportunities sound appealing, we would love to hear from you!

Check back here periodically, as we will be updating the list of current projects regularly. Also, sign up for our tri-weekly newsletter, if you haven’t already, since that is also a place where we mention new projects that we are getting off the ground.

Anumodana ~ we rejoice in your generosity and good works!


Last Update: January 4, 2021