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.

October 30 - 31

HYBRID: Unwavering Compassion: A White Tara Retreat with Mahayana and Vajrayana Sadhanas

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Marian English

This retreat has two parallel tracks, one focusing on the White Tara Sadhana composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and another with A Very Condensed Daily Practice of White Tara composed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, as given by the Vidyadhara.

November 5 - 7

HYBRID: Padmadakini Kurukulla Retreat - Weekend Only *

with Acharya Eric Spiegel
November 5 - 12

HYBRID: Week-long Retreat: Padmadakini Kurukulla Retreat *

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

This retreat will be a hybrid in-person/online practice intensive. Although there will be some teaching, the emphasis will be on engaging with Padmadakini through practice and offerings, including daily outdoor lhasangs in the meadow for in-person sangha.

November 15 - December 13

ONLINE: Book Group: Vidyadhara, Feminine Principle and Evam

with Shastri Bill Brauer and Ella Reznikova

Study of these teachings from the 1970s in Barnet Town Hall, will be accompanied by archival videos of the original teachings.

November 26 - 28

HYBRID: Weekendthün: A 3-Day Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Bill Brauer and Ella Reznikova

A “weekendthün” is a powerful and in-depth mini-retreat focused on the practice of mindful-awareness meditation. This technique of sitting meditation brings mindfulness into real life.

Community News

  • The Feminine Principle at Work | Ella Reznikova
    I remember the very first time I came to Karmê Chöling to attend a dathün, a 28-day group retreat. Before the dathün began, I was sitting in the Lower Living Room, and I felt like I was falling in love… Continue reading
  • A Lesson in Floating in Space: Vidyadhara, Feminine Principle and Evam
    Bill Brauer and Ella Reznikova lead book group on groundbreaking teachings by Trungpa Rinpoche Nov. 15 – Dec. 13 In his 1975 seminar on the feminine principle, Chögyam Trungpa Ripoche said,  “By trying to have little goodies and words of… Continue reading
  • 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