how to support the retreat center

Voluntary work:
Our Buddhist Retreat Center is completely run on a voluntary basis.
Daily on duty
The operational group and the Dharma friends in Switzerland as well as those from neighboring countries support our work on a voluntary basis e.g. as "on duties", assuming daily or half-daily responsibilities at the center. 

Host weekends
Various centers support us (the Bellevue tenants) by offering “Host Weekends” that are organized on a yearly, bi-annually or monthly basis. Such host activities mainly comprise of cooking for the Amden guests and thus supporting René, our Bellevue cook and all of us. These host weekends are a wonderful opportunity to connect and make friends not only within your own Sangha but also with many of our international guests and the local Amden Sangha. We cordially invite every Sangha to join such host weekend.

Additionally, you can support us by volunteering:
- For various projects in the house, the garden or other individual assignments.

- With our construction / renovation project
- Financial contributions
- Loans
- Gift vouchers (to order please write to

After completing our Forest Retreat House (which in now frequently booked), we have started to renovate some of the rooms in the main building.

The dates for our next Karma-Yoga weekends are 27 - 29 April kitchen cleaning, construction and garden activities on and 9 June.

Please also see our building construction program for this year

Upcoming Events

  • 8th Karmapa Retreat with Steve James (in english)

    Thu-Sun, February 22-25: Explanations, questions and answers, meditations. Prior condition: ngöndro finished - begin thursday evening 20.15 h, end Sunday afternoon - entire retreat Fr. 70.– (without meals and accomodation) - lectures in english. Sat, Feb 24th, 20.15h: Steve James: lecture "Guru Yoga" – practice on the Lama - Fr. 12.– (lecture for everybody, also those who do not practice 8th Karmapa meditation yet. - host: Zürich center


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