Burning Man: Temple Guardian Volunteers

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Burning man
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Burning Man: Temple Guardian Volunteers

Below I’ve included a request from the Temple Guardians for volunteers taken from JRS, it’s a great way to connect with the festival and really get a great feel for the significance of the Temple, I highly recommend it as a way for virgins to get involved and participate. I’ve done it before and it’s a great experience, I’m also re-posting a piece I wrote last year about the Temple.



Elizabeth writes:


Every year since 2002, a group of quiet but helpful Burners known as the Temple Guardians have watched over the Burning Man temple at night, helping to ground the space and assist others in need.

As a Temple Guardian, you volunteer for one or more three-hour shifts. The shifts run overnight from 6pm until 6am, Monday through early Sunday morning. During your shift, your job is to hang back, help ground the Temple space, and provide assistance to those in need.

We use a ‘small pushes from great distances’ approach to help keep the Temple a serene space. We are not rule-makers, and we are not enforcers. Rather, we wait in the wings and watch, acting skillfully on behalf of the Temple and its visitors.

Our group is about 250 people total, and we often create some playa collectibles, like the bandanna that we produce collaboratively every year. But even more valuable than any physical items is the time you will spend at the temple.

Temple Guardians from prior years have reported miraculous occurrences during their shifts. One couple even met during their Guardian shift and later married! It’s really an amazing experience. It is truly a special role and a fine way to participate in Burning Man.

If you are interested in being a Temple Guardian, please email me at dhammaseeker@gmail.com.

Many thanks and much love — looking forward to seeing you on the playa this year.

Temple Guardian Volunteer Coordinator

P.S.: Please feel free to repost this to any of your email lists or friends.”


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