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Mukpo Institute

Gain experience in profound practices of meditation, contemplation and study in our extended residency training program.


Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

An ideal introduction to Karmê Chöling's contemplative community and is offered several times throughout the year.


Deepen your understanding of mind through solitary retreat in our beautiful retreat environment.


Karmê Chöling offers inhouse retreats on a limited basis for those who wish to practice intensively outside the context of a program. This is open to those who have done two weeks of an intensive group meditation program and have an established daily sitting practice.

Program Calendar

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

April

April 18 - October 16
with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
This is a unique 6-month residential program in which participants gain both theoretical and practical hands-on training in organic gardening principles while participating in mindfulness-awareness based meditation practices.

July

July 3 - August 1
with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Open to everyone! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat grounded in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Shambhala Meditation. This Dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.
 

August

August 2 - 10
Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with friends old and new at Karmê Chöling, in the beautiful, rolling green hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.
August 13 - 15
with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world, even in small ways.
August 16 - 31
with Acharya Michael Greenleaf and Acharya Emily Bower
The Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Assembly) is a Shambhala mahayana program that emphasizes the view of the intrinsic goodness of all beings, practices that rouse bodhichitta and confident activity that engages fully in the world.

September

September 8 - 22
with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
Come explore the intersection of mindfulness-awareness meditation practice and organic gardening in Karme Choling's one-acre vegetable, herb and flower garden. Attend one or both weeks. All levels of gardening experience welcome.
September 8 - December 1
A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.
September 9 - 11
with Lucy Halverson
The three-day program is open to women who have taken first shot and will focus on reviewing basic skills and group practice. We will also touch on the grace, dignity and tranquility of the practice of kyudo.
September 11 - 14
with Lucy Halverson
Join Kyudo practitioners from all levels in the special practice weekend in the beautiful hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The program offers an environment in which beginning and experienced students can advance their practice together. First shot
September 12 - 14
with Julia Persch
You are warmly invited to join a work weekend for The Stupa That Conquers All Directions at Karme Choling.
September 12 - 17
with Dr. Eva Wong and Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The goal of this program is to teach people how to read a sacred text using both the deciphering method and the hermeneutical (text-listening) methods and integrate the Daoist philosophy of health with the practice of qigong.
September 13 - 14
with Lucy Halverson
First Shot instruction marks the beginning of the study of Kyudo. This program will provide training in Kyudo's Seven Coordinations, shichi-do, the basic form for aligning the body and properly releasing the arrow.
September 19 - 21
with Arthur Jennings
For Vajrayana practitioners. Chöd practice represents the Mahayana view by helping us offer what is most precious to us: our body. It is an ancient practice for overcoming clinging and fixation.
September 19 - 25
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Open to beginners and those new to meditation. Explore the Shambhala path of warriorship over the course of this week-long retreat, or join us for one or more levels.
September 19 - 25
with Shastri Bill Brauer
The Sacred Path brings the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. It is designed to nurture the student's ability to experience the world as sacred and their aspiration to create an enlightened society.
 
September 21 - 23
 
September 23 - 25

October

October 2 - 5
with Jane Arthur
Delight in the magic of fall and rediscover yourself during the height of peak foliage season.
October 2 - 31
with Cara Thornley
Open to everyone! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. This dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.
October 10 - 12
with Imre Berty and Tune Faulkner
During this weekend, we will explore mindful and effective ways to parent among the beautiful foliage of Northern Vermont this fall.
October 10 - 12
With both outdoor and indoor exploration, the children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers.
October 10 - 12
This retreat for youth ages 13-17 is designed for young people with a genuine curiosity about life and the wish to explore the principles of awareness and warriorship in the company of their peers.
October 17 - 23
with Acharya Richard John
This practice intensive for Shambhala tantrikas will introduce a powerful new text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
October 24 - 26
with Shastri Nick Kranz
We invite youth groups and young sangha leaders at any level of experience to join us in exploring how the practice of Social Meditation can develop a culture of kindness and nowness - and also create a ground for cultivating leadership and mentorship.

November

November 6 - 12
with Susan Ryan
Awakened Heart and Open Sky are the culmination of the Heart of Warriorship section of Shambhala Training, and the prerequisite for entry into the Sacred Path section.
November 6 - 13
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The warrior, having learned to rest in basic goodness, rouses energy to engage with the larger world guided by the teachings of the four dignities (Meek, Perky, Outrageous, and Inscrutable).
 
November 6 - 8
 
November 8 - 10
November 14 - 21
with Acharya Emily Bower
Whether you are doing the Rigden (Shambhala), Kagyü, or Nyingma ngöndro, whether you are counting or doing it by time, whether you are inspired or stuck, all are welcome. This program counts toward group requirements for the Vajrayana path.
November 15 - 23
with Shastri Bill Brauer
This one-week group retreat will explore our internal wisdom through mindfulness-awareness meditation, which increases our ability to stay present for our life, and Shambhala Meditation, which supports us being who we are from the very nature of our being
November 21 - 26
with Irini Rockwell
Explore your unique way of perceiving and interacting with the world and how it can yield enormous insight into how we color what we think, feel, say and do.

December

December 1 - 9
with Richard Reoch
Program for advanced practitioners of Shambhala-by invitation only
December 14 - 19
Karmê Chöling staff are on retreat at this time. Karmê Chöling will be closed to guests and visitors. We encourage you to visit another time. Please see our website for upcoming program information.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
with Acharya Christie Cashman
This year's Werma and Scorpion Seal intensive will be dedicated to the practice and study of a unique and beautiful text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
with Charlie Byron
Open to all and ideal for beginners on the path of meditation, Simplicity retreats were created to give everyone a flexible, simple way to enjoy the benefits of sitting meditation.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
Bring your child to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. Children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers. Open to ages 3-11.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
Bring your teen to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. The teachings on awareness and warriorship offer teens an opportunity to slow down, learn about oneself, and open one's heart to others. For youth ages 12-17.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
Join this retreat to explore the Shambhala Sadhana while deepening our understanding and practice of Ashe.

January

January 8 - February 5, 2015
with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Acharya William McKeever
Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. This dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.
 
January 8 - 16, 2015
 
 
January 22 - February 5, 2015
January 16 - 31, 2015
with Shastri Benoît Côté
Whether you are doing the Rigden (Shambhala), Kagyü, or Nyingma ngöndro, whether you are counting or doing it by time, whether you are inspired or stuck, all are welcome. This program counts toward group requirements for the Vajrayana path.

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

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