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Located in Barnet, VT in the heart of Vermont’s “Northeast Kingdom”, Karmê Chöling was the first land center established by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche 49 years ago. Nestled in the Vermont hills, where drala descends to the meadows above and the river below, this powerful place is the spot where the teachings of the Kagyü, Nyingma and Shambhala lineages were revealed to Western students by Trungpa Rinpoche and his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Here, Dharma has been transmitted by countless teachers who have offered wisdom and clarity for the benefit of humankind.

The community, including all who visit or have connections to Karmê Chöling, is united by a shared commitment to creating a compassionate, sustainable, and just human society.  The culmination is a shared living and working experience of Enlightened Society within the Shambhala Vision.

Would you like to help continue the creation of Enlightened Society at Karmê Chöling?  Would you like to take up the leadership reins of this essential and magical land center? Are you drawn to living and working in a community of practitioners? Do you have inspiration for magnetizing teachers, students, dralas, and wealth to this place of dharma? If the answer to these questions is yes, please read on.

Myra Woodruff Welcome Collage

Ms. Myra Woodruff is retiring from her position of Executive Director in November 2019, which she has held for the past 6 years. Under her leadership, with the continuing support of sangha and staff, Karmê Chöling has recently moved to a seasonal model of winter deep retreat and creative planning, and enriching public summer programming.  This shift places Karmê Chöling on more stable, sustainable financial ground.

Going forward, the next Executive Director ideally will have:
➢A minimum of six years’ experience as a practitioner on the Shambhala path including having attended:

  • Sacred World Assembly/Vajrayana Seminary within the Shambhala tradition
  • Rigden Abhisheka
  • Preferably one or more Scorpion Seal Retreats
  • A dedication to the continuation of Shambhala vision, culture, and community which is inclusive of the Kagyü, Nyingma, and Shambhala teachings and practitioners.

➢A strong background in leadership, including:

  • Familiarity with community engagement processes, group work and decision-making.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work with conflict in ways that inspire and experience with working with transitions of all kinds.
  • Demonstrated people, project, and financial management skills and experience.
  • Comfort with fundraising and working with all aspects of money and wealth, ranging from the lha of magnetizing and enriching to the lu of reading and interpreting financial statements.

Application Process:
Expressions of interest may be sent to the Director Search Committee via e-mail at: kclsearch2019@gmail.com
Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2019, and the new Director will be expected to be available to start work by October 2019.

A complete job description can be seen here.

We invite you to submit a letter of interest and resume. Please tell us about yourself, what interests you in the position, and what you feel you will bring to this key leadership post within the Shambhala mandala. Please include all of your contact information. A member of the Search Committee will contact applicants to review qualifications and begin a dialogue.

If you know someone well suited to hold this Executive Director post, please talk with them about it and encourage them to submit their resume. Only resumes submitted personally, by the applying individual, will be considered.

Karmê Chöling Search Committee:

Caroline DeMaio, Committee Chair
Patricia Anderson
Tai Pimputkar
Timothy Quiqley
Robert Taylor


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