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Residency: Long-term Stays
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.”
What is Karmê Chöling?
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.
Of Karmê Chöling Meditation Retreat Center
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.
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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 Karmê Chöling, 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 Chögyam 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 Karmê Chöling, where we invite people to develop self-awareness through meditation practice and to discover their own inherent wisdom and compassion.
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