We are currently accepting applications for a Front Office Manager. This position is similar to a hotel/retail office manager.

Land of Medicine Buddha is busy Buddhist retreat center. Our retreat center exists in order to be of service to others. Our staff members demonstrate our spiritual values in their work.

Front Office Manager Duties include:

Management

  • Supervising staff in reception & bookstore
    • In conjunction with the Assistant Director, doing performance reviews every 3-6 months for reception & bookstore employees
    • Training new reception office staff
    • Vacation/day off requests
  • Management of information to our kitchen and operations department. (I.e. meal numbers, set-up needs).
  • Responsible for monitoring communication between reception and housekeeping
    • Ensuring that documents and lists are up to date and correct
  • Conducting periodic reviews of guest rooms to check for any maintenance or housekeeping needs.

Reception Office / Bookstore

  • Provide reception & bookstore coverage; i.e. being available regularly to answer phones, take reservations, check in guests and help bookstore customers.
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Director, develop new policies and procedures as needed.
  • Ensuring that policy and protocol are followed.
  • Making sure opening and closing procedures are followed correctly
  • Interfacing with other managers to ensure smooth interdepartmental communication
  • Work with receptionists to make sure all forms are printed, office is kept clean, daily communication with housekeeping is clear, and the reservation system is accurate.
  • Work with the bookstore coordinator to make sure the store is well-stocked, clean and organized, and orders are being place in a timely fashion.
  • Working with the bookstore coordinator to do a complete physical inventory at the end of each year.
  • Filling in for the lower office staff as needed to accommodate vacation requests and sick leave.
  • Maintaining and updating the needs of the bookstore reception office including :office manual, guest welcome books, and staff phone lists, reception forms, replacing lost room keys

Our ideal candidate must have:

  • Excellent customer service & problem solving skills including:
    • Great communication skills
    • A healthy sense of humor
    • Hospitable, welcoming demeanor
    • An inquisitive mind that can bring calm to high stress situations.
  • At least two years’ experience in reception offices, retail, and/or retreat centers
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Experience and confidence with computers, particularly documents, spreadsheets, reservation system.
  • Flexibility in their schedule
  • Must be able to work weekends

Other helpful qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of & experience with Google Drive/Docs/Apps
  • Knowledge of & experience with Resnexus Reservation System
  • Knowledge of & experience with iPads & PayPal

This is a full time position salary position. Starting wage will be based on experience. Tangible benefits include vacation, holiday, sick pay and dental insurance.

To apply, please submit the following information to: employment at medicinebuddha dot org

  1. A one page cover letter explaining why you are right for this job and why this job is right for you.
  2. A professional resume
  3. Two professional references and one personal reference
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The first level of the stupa has been filled and sealed (see video below). The filling was completed on September 2, 2014, with the help of many hands. The concrete slab covering the whole level was done on September 16, 2014.

Here is a brief list of some of the things that went in the first level:

  • Four sets of the Kangyur (Buddha’s sutras).
  • Other classical Buddhist scriptures and commentaries in English and Chinese.
  • Over five billion (5 followed by 9 zeroes) mantras.
  • Over 400,000 printed images of buddhas and holy beings.
  • Over 3,000 tsatsas (plaster cast images) of buddhas.
  • Many cartons of audio and video recordings of Buddhist teachings by modern-day masters.
  • All sorts of objects symbolic of worldly resources.
  • Nine wealth vases.

All the empty spaces were packed with pine shavings to serve as incense.

There is a very informative video that shows the work of two months that went into getting all the things together, packing them, and putting them in the central chamber and the outer corridor of the first level. Watch:

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Dorje, erstwhile Media Lab wizard, has now gone on to another career, although he still helps out as a volunteer when it fits into his busy schedule.

Have you wondered where the LMB Media Lab went? Starting in January of 2014, the videos that used to be distributed on hard-copy DVDs have been migrating over to the online video streaming service called Vimeo.

For over a decade, Dorje (Jason Greenberg) and others worked in a department here called the Media Lab, carefully recording, editing, and distributing Dharma teachings on DVD and CD. Venerable George Churinoff, who lived and taught at LMB for some time, was instrumental in figuring out the technicalities of what software to use and what kind of DVD printing machine to get. Dorje was assisted by Nicholas Eyes behind the computer up in the Media Lab trailer.

But times have changed and people are now getting their media through online streaming. Alas, many computers sold nowadays do not even have a DVD/CD drive! Also, the shipping costs were prohibitive for people living outside of the United States. And for other reasons, we could no longer afford to run the Media Lab.

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Venerable George, in a screenshot from one of the videos on Vimeo on “Awareness and Knowledge”.

So, we decided to start uploading the general, unrestricted videos to Vimeo, where you can watch and/or download them for free. We haven’t done anything yet about the audio recordings from year’s past. As for the restricted videos, such as those requiring an empowerment, we will hold onto the master recordings and perhaps make those available upon special occasions in the future.

For now, please enjoy the unrestricted videos on Vimeo. If you find the service useful, you are invited to make a donation on the Vimeo website by clicking on the button there that says Tip this video. You can get to our page through the Vimeo button that lives amongst the social icons in the footer of our website. V for Vimeo button

 

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