About Us

Karmê Chöling is a residential meditation retreat center on 700 acres of beautiful countryside in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. With the Green Mountains as the backdrop, the land is enriched by rolling meadows, woodland walking trails, and a one-acre organic garden. Originally a dairy farm, the land has evolved into an elegant complex. Six meditation halls and ample bright, open common spaces complement a range of living quarters for full-time residential staff and program participants, along with eight rustic cabins nestled in the woods for solitary retreats.

The first land center established by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Karmê Chöling has served the international Shambhala community for over 45 years. Continuing under the leadership of his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the center offers programs for both new and experienced practitioners, with a community life rooted in meditation practice as a foundation for fostering enlightened society.

Meditation

MSR Meditators - SabinaMeditation retreats at Karmê Chöling focus on mindfulness-awareness practices to connect our innate goodness and natural intelligence with our engagement in the world. We offer leadership retreats, programs for children, families and teens, mind-body wellness training, in-depth Buddhist and Shambhala Path programs, and organic garden apprenticeships.

Culture

CalligraphyOur culture has emerged from over 45 years of contemplative practice on this exceptional land, blessed by many great teachers of the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Zen Buddhist traditions. Our traditions are rooted in the principle that every human being has fundamental goodness, warmth, and wakefulness. Joining the practicalities of daily life with the heart of meditation, immersed in the natural elements—sky, wind, water, earth—we are continually enriched by the world around us.

Community

FriendshipOur community—visitors, staff, volunteers and members—is united by a shared commitment to creating a compassionate, sustainable, and just human society. Join us for a retreat. Drop by for a day visit. Or join our email list and connect with a community dedicated to creating enlightened society—one breath at a time.