About Karmê Chöling
Karmê Chöling is a Shambhala meditation retreat center and community for people from all walks of life to connect with their basic goodness and the basic goodness of others.
To further our mission, we:
- Offer introductory and deep training meditation practices of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.
- Provide a powerful and supportive retreat environment where all can experience their own basic goodness.
For more than forty years, Karmê Chöling has been an important Shambhala Buddhist retreat and program center for both new and experienced practitioners. It is the first land-based site established by the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a 20th century Buddhist meditation master.
Karmê Chöling has introduced thousands of practitioners to the Shambhala, Kagyu and Nyingma Buddhist traditions, as well as the value of mindfulness meditation in daily life.
Originally a Vermont dairy farm, Karmê Chöling was purchased in 1970 by a group of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's students, and converted into a Buddhist retreat center called "Tail of the Tiger." The center went by that name until 1974, when H.H. the Sixteenth Karmapa visited and renamed it Karmê Chöling - "Dharma Place of the Karma Kagyu Lineage."
Since its establishment, Karmê Chöling has been enriched by countless meditators, and visited and blessed by many of the greatest Buddhist teachers of the 20th and 21st centuries, among them H.H. the Sixteenth Karmapa, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, and H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche.
Karmê Chöling is now under the leadership of Trungpa Rinpoche's son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, holder of the Kagyü, Nyingma, and Shambhala lineages, who was recognized in 1995 as the incarnation of the renowned nineteenth-century Buddhist teacher Mipham the Great.
Life at Karmê Chöling
Karmê Chöling is operated year-round by a residential core staff, with help from community members, paid employees, and volunteers. The staff supports the dozens of programs and thousands of visitors that come to Karmê Chöling each year.
Our community - visitors, staff, and community members - is united by a shared commitment to the practice of meditation, making Karmê Chöling a truly magical place.