Welcome to Karmê Chöling

Nestled in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Karmê Chöling offers contemplative programs to inspire wisdom and compassion in our everyday lives. As part of the global community of Shambhala we are dedicated to awakening our human hearts with kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue.

With an array of accommodations, elegant meditation halls, an abundant organic garden, and a warm, inviting residential staff, you will find an ideal setting to explore what it means to be fully human while deepening your connection to the earth, yourself, and society.

 

About Shambhala

Shambhala is a global community with over 200 meditation and retreat centers around the world. As one of it’s four largest rural retreat centers, Karmê Chöling brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our minds, transforming our experience, and awakening our potential for enlightened society.

We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others to work on ourselves

~ Pema Chödrön

Dathüns and Weekthuns

Dathüns and weekthüns are in-depth retreats and a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation. They are offered multiple times throughout the year as one-week, two-week or month-long group retreats.

During these programs, the practice of mindfulness goes beyond sitting on a mediation cushion; every aspect of daily life becomes part of the mindful discipline of rediscovering the present moment and our own hearts and minds.

 
 

Center News

July 20, 2018

Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct

For some months now, in the context of the Buddhist Project Sunshine, allegations of sexual misconduct have been brought against some individuals in Shambhala including, most recently, our main teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

 

Featured Programs

August 27 - September 3

Staff Days Off

Time for a break! Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

September 7 - 14

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer

This is where it all starts: the first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship - a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday existence.

September 7 - 14

Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

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 18 - 22

Lowering the Tents - Volunteer Weekend

Join the Karmê Chöling Staff for a weekend of lowering the tents and meditation as we close down our Summer campground. Meals and accommodations are included!

September 21 - 23

Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body *

with Dr. Eva Wong and Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

As it is externally, so it is internally. The physical terrain of the external world parallels the energetic terrain of the body.