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Come by and visit, get involved as part of our team or participate in a program - We look forward to seeing you!

Find basic intro to Buddhism Classes, meditation intensives, advanced programs and more in our onland programs..
Introductory Programs

Plan a personal or group retreat with us. Our 750 acres, group facilities or retreat cabins can accommodate a single person up to a group of 20.
Contemplative Paths - These programs explore mindfulness through embodied mind/body forms, ways we relate to our world, the arts and more.
Visit us at Karmê Chöling in Barnet, Vermont - We are one of the oldest Buddhist meditation retreat centers in the US, located in the idyllic rolling hills of rural Vermont. You are welcomed to stop by for lunch or a day trip.
Learn to Meditate at Karme Choling's free drop-in program
Work or volunteer at Karme Choling meditation retreat center, Vermont
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Residency: Long-term Stays

Residency at Karme Choling meditation retreat center

Come live at Karmê Chöling with fellow contemplative practitioners. Living at a meditation retreat center is a golden opportunity to deepen your understanding of the mindfulness awareness teachings and apply them to your everyday life.

The best part? You don’t need to leave your day job! Telecommuting is available for all residents.

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“Spirituality doesn’t exist on another level different from ordinary life.”

Chögyam Trungpa

What is Karmê Chöling?

Karme Choling is a meditation retreat center in Vermont

Dharma Teachings & Meditation in Community

We are a Buddhist meditation retreat center located in Barnet, Vermont. As a community, we actively work to create a kind and compassionate society by bringing mindfulness into our personal interactions and daily activities.

Learning to work with habitual thoughts and emotions is key to creating a meaningful and satisfying life. We provide support for developing self awareness through meditation with introductory Buddhist sitting meditation classes, dharma retreat programs, custom designed retreats, and solitary cabin retreats. For those interested in learning how to join a Buddhist community, we also offer Residency.

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Diversity and inclusion at Karmê Chöling

Diversity & Inclusion

We are dedicated to providing an environment that is welcoming, safe, and caring for all!

We recognize that all of us come to Karmê Chöling with a variety of backgrounds and identities. This profoundly impacts how we experience being in the world and being around others.

Given this wide variety of experience, we work to create relationships that are based on trust, that are fair and kind. This means being respectful of each other, working in cooperation, being open to each other’s differences and maintaining good communication.

Read our full Code of Conduct.

Endless Knot depicts Karme Choling's Tibetan Buddhist roots

2500 Years of Buddhism

A lineage of Teachings rooted in Tibetan Buddhism

There is such a wide range of meditation instructions available today, that many people may wonder which is the best way to understand and practice the Buddhist teachings.

It is said that the Buddha gave 84,000 teachings to accommodate the many kinds of students and their learning styles. This implies there is no definitive answer to the question of which teachings are the best. Rather, the answer relies more on what makes sense and works well for the individual practitioner.

Here at Karme Choling, we are a lineage-based, Shambhala Buddhist meditation retreat center. Our core teachings come from the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, handed down from teacher-to-student through the generations, from the time of the Buddha.

Our founder Chogyam Trungpa, a Tibetan meditation master, fled his monastery and home during China’s invasion of Tibet in 1959. He went on to study at Oxford and become one of the foremost scholars to linguistically and culturally translate Buddhism for his Western students.

We proudly continue this tradition at Karme Choling, where we invite people to develop self-awareness through meditation practice and to discover their own inherent wisdom and compassion.

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