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Lhashang, or smoke offering, at Karme Choling.

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.

May 17 - June 12

ONLINE: Lojong: Training the Mind

with Shastri Donna Williams and Alex Vlasic

Four Monday evenings and a final half-day intensive on Saturday, June 12, all via zoom. These essential teachings on developing genuine compassion are based on the Seven Points of Mind Training of Atisha.

May 21 - 23

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Sangyum Agness Au and Daniel Naistadt

The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression.

June 5 - July 3

How To Lead Strategically: Discovering & Deepening with Zhuge Liang

with Suzann Duquette, Jane Arthur and Peter van der Molen

Meet today's challenges with on demand access to video teachings and materials from the popular How to Lead Strategically series. Discover and deepen in these potent teachings at your own pace. Includes LIVE sessions (recorded for those unable to attend).

July 31 - August 14

Enriching the Soil to Save the Planet: A Regenerative Approach

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.

May 20 - 22, 2022

Being Strategically Kind

with Dr. Eva Wong

Join Eva Wong, translator, scholar, and strategy consultant for a workshop on how to work with challenging environments in a non-aggressive, kind, and cooperative way.

Community News

  • 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
  • An Uneventful Walk in the Snow
    Delivering supplies to a retreatant is a nice way to spend half an hour, especially if you’re open to having the rest of your day completely up-ended.  We call our Ford F150 “The Brown Truck.” It loves the Retreats Road…. Continue reading
  • Why Aren’t These People Wearing Masks?
    Lat month, Karmê Chöling held a drill to simulate how we might operate if one of our residents tested positive for COVID-19.  Our COVID team had already outlined the scenario, as required by Vermont’s OSHA. But a dry-run seemed like… Continue reading