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Two adjoining houses provide ample room for residents and guests to enjoy a quiet environment conducive to meditation and contemplation.


Living at a Dharma Center is a great way to put Dharma into action. Along with the other residents, you have the opportunity to engage in meditation practice, study modern Buddhism, and do meaningful volunteer work to help keep the Center running.

KMC San Francisco offers residence to suitable candidates who have successfully completed an interview and application process on a space-available basis. Applicants must be enrolled in one of the three Kadampa study programs and complete at least four hours of volunteer work for the Center per week. Residents are responsible for the expense of rent, study programs and other fees, and to follow the rules meant to ensure harmonious living within the community.

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KMC San Francisco offers a unique opportunity to get away from your ordinary routine and to spend time doing private practice, attending weekend retreats and other special events, or simply to quiet your mind.

Private rooms and a qualified meditation room are available and offer guests the chance to rest and relax.

The residences are located in the Mission Terrace District of San Francisco, conveniently located close to public transportation, approximately four miles from Kadampa Meditation Center San Francisco.

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Immerse yourself in a unique opportunity to volunteer on a residential basis, connecting with a vibrant Buddhist community and embracing our way of life.

In exchange for 35 hours of weekly work, you'll enjoy a week of free accommodation, a food allowance, and complimentary drop-in meditation classes (required). Special events are offered at a discount. Plus, you'll have two days off each week to relax, explore San Francisco, or deepen your meditation practice.

Minimum stay requirement is just one week. Depending on your skills and our needs, you can contribute to areas like website development, property maintenance, gardening, or household tasks. Accommodations range from shared rooms to single rooms, subject to availability.

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"My experience staying at the Delano House has been extraordinary! I've loved every bit of it, from meeting everybody in the house, to the work assigned to me. Flexible hours makes it very comfortable for an early or late start. Weekends are free for you to explore San Francisco, and since they have many, you can borrow a bike from the house and cycle around!

Everybody has been so kind, thoughtful, respectful, and genuinely happy to have us here. I could not have asked for a better stay in San Francisco. I'm grateful for everything they have done for us. I'd highly recommend staying here!"

-Alex Snazel-Holding

23 Feb - 21 April 2024

"I want to say a huge thank you to the lovely and welcoming Kadampa Buddhists of the 17th Street temple and Kelsang Lamden for inviting me to join the resident house in fantastic San Francisco. I have experienced a true sense of inclusivity, and from day one, I have felt like a valued and respected member of the Kadampa community. I have enjoyed my various volunteering tasks, and it has been a genuine pleasure attending the beautiful and peaceful temple each day to assist with the lunchtime meditations. I have always believed that great people come together for a great vision and purpose; the SF Kadampa Buddhist community is a testament to this. I wish I could have stayed longer."