Karmê Chöling Meditation Community

Karme Choling is a residential meditation community founded by Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It’s both a residence for meditation practitioners and a center that offers Shambhala Buddhist programs, QiGong instruction, Mudra Space Awareness, and Kyudo, or Japanese Archery. 

Living in a meditation community offers the camaraderie and support needed to deepen our practice and progress along our spiritual path as good human beings. 

Nestled in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, with a one-acre organic garden that teaches regenerative farming techniques, Karmê Chöling is part of the global community of Shambhala, dedicated to awakening our human hearts with kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue.

July 3 - September 18

Online: Gesar — Rousing Life Force in the Midst of Obstacles *

with Robin Kornman, David Shapiro, Jane Hawes and Mark Nowakowski

Learn all about King Gesar and his epic battle against the forces of spiritual materialism. We'll join with leading Gesar teachers in 3 months of practice and study of this legendary figure as told through these recent translations. The Gesar Epic is rega

July 16 - 18

ONLINE - Sacred Path: Meek & Perky *

with Shastri Mary Campbell

The Four Dignities are introduced as a path and a process. They describe a warrior's maturing and his or her widening sphere of benevolent engagement in the world. Training in the dignities allows one to maintain awareness and delight at each stage.

July 16 - 18

Online: Opening Our Heart through Opening Our Senses — Mudra Space Awareness *

with Dr. Craig Warren Smith and Senior Teacher Suzann Duquette
July 31 - August 14

Regenerative Gardening and Meditation

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven and Shastri Donna Williams

This two-week regenerative gardening intensive will use Karme Choling's organic garden, forest, meadows and streams as a classroom and playground to connect more intimately with soil and plants.

August 20 - 22

Learn the Art of Japanese Archery: Kyudo First Shot

with Grace DiNapoli and Tom Kyle

Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. The practice of kyudo begins with first shot and the cultivation of beginner's heart.

Community News

  • Tilopa* and the Bluebird
    This poem was contributed by a retreatant who practiced for four weeks in the retreat cabin called Yeshe. More to come. by Anonymous On Retreat, for four weeks every morningI spread sunflower seeds on the cabin porch.For the birds; yesterday… Continue reading
  • Solitary Cabin Rate Increase Maintains a Precious Space for Practice
    The cost of a solitary retreat at Karmê Chöling will go up this summer to better reflect the cost of maintaining our cabins and supporting practitioners in this unique practice space. Currently, a night in a cabin ranges from $25… Continue reading
  • Favorite Cabin Gets an Upgrade
    Dhritarashtra is my favorite retreat cabin, especially since our Tree Guy took down some big old pines that were leaning the wrong way. It’s really opened up the view, giving what was once a shady front yard a wonderful look… Continue reading
  • A Fresh Look at Residency
    Karmê Chöling is taking a fresh look at its Residency program to improve how it supports the household in practice, study and community living.  The review comes six months after welcoming the center’s first residents in August 2020, and is… Continue reading
  • Join us for Family Residency
    Dear Families, Our lhasang pit is singing the Warriors Cry. Do you hear?  Our front yard longs to be stomped on by kids running down to the river.  We miss your energy. We miss your voices. We miss your practice,… Continue reading
  • Volunteer and Join our Community
    We’re looking for volunteers in several departments this spring and summer. You’ll work part-time in beautiful, rural Vermont and join other residents in meditation, social gatherings and study groups. You’ll receive credits to take future Karme Choling programs, but while… Continue reading
  • Gesar: Rousing Life Force in the Midst of Obstacles
    The ideal warrior, Gesar of Ling is a trusted leader who tames the enemies that turn people from the path of wisdom and compassion. Studying this legend gives us profound, practical guidance on how to be a warrior in difficult… Continue reading