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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.

September 25 - 26

HYBRID: Yeshe Tsogyal and the Feminine Principle: Buddhist and Shambhalian Perspectives

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Alex Vlasic

This weekend will explore Yeshe Tsogyal as a female exemplar, enlightened teacher, and fierce protector for all dharma practitioners. The weekend will include dharma talks, ritual practices, stories, and discussions about the importance of Yeshe Tsogyal.

September 25, 2021 - January 15, 2022

HYBRID: Yeshe Tsögyal and the Feminine Principle: Online Three-Month Study Cycle

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Shastri Bill Brauer, Shastri Donna Williams and Ella Reznikova

This study cycle draws from layers of the Tibetan tradition's feminine principle teachings from the Mahayana and Vajrayana. Each layer points to diverse ways we can experience the gates of wisdom opening through supplication of the feminine.

September 27 - October 25

ONLINE: Book Group: Lady of the Lotus-Born: The Life and Enlightenment of Yeshe Tsogyal

with Shastri Donna Williams

An in-depth discussion of the most recent translation of the riveting biography of Yeshe Tsogyal, “The Lute Song of the Gandharvas” that depicts her journey to enlightenment, her remarkable accomplishments, and her compassionate activity.

October 9 - 10

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

with Dr. Craig Warren Smith and Suzann Duquette

Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching ? are not what they seem. By separating and examining each layer of sense perception, each sense becomes a field of experience revealed as pure mind.

October 9 - 11

ONLINE: Sacred Path - Golden Key *

with Eric Spiegel

In Collaboration with the Los Angeles Shambhala Center: This program is based on the Shambhala text "The Letter of the Golden Key" which addresses our relationship to our sense perceptions and the material world around us.

Community News

  • Think About It
    An anonymous 30-day solitary retreatant wrote some poetry on retreat. Here’s a sample. Think About It We cannot control what happens in our lives, only our response. We cannot control change,only our thoughts about it. We cannot control old age, illness… Continue reading
  • Eva Wong Cabin Walk: Power Spot at Nirmanakaya
    In 2019, Eva Wong —  a Fengshui consultant for spiritual practice centers worldwide — took a tour of Karme Choling’s retreat cabins with the retreat master, Julia Persch, and the retreats assistant, Mike de Give. Here is an excerpt of… Continue reading
  • 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