Scorpion Seal: Year 9

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

May 27 - June 7, 2017

The Sakyong has encouraged participants who have completed the Scorpion Seal Assemblies Year 1 - 8 to gather for Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 9. Modelled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received. Reading transmissions essential to the Scorpion Seal path will also be given.

Participants are asked to fully accomplish the number of required sessions before attending the next Scorpion Seal Assembly. Participants are also asked to please not attend more than one Scorpion Seal Assembly per program season.


Karmê Chöling strives to meet the housing requests of everyone attending Scorpion Seal Assemblies. Due to limited room and dorm space at both the main house and Ashoka Bhavan, priority goes to program staff, court staff, or people with physical limitations who have made arrangements well in advance.

If you fit into one of these categories, please email Alternatively, if you would like to guarantee indoor housing for yourself at this time, please seek accommodations off-site. Click here to find more detailed information regarding off-site housing options for SSA-9.


Pricing is charged in US dollars. Participants residing outside the US who find the currency exchange rate an obstacle to attending a program are eligible for financial aid. Click here to learn more about the many forms of aid that Karmê Chöling offers.


If you are interested in Staffing Scorpion Seal 9 (which comes with varying discounts), please complete a SSA-9 Staffing Application


Getting to Karmê Chöling is an adventure. Karmê Chöling recommends flying into Boston, taking a coach to Hanover, then hiring a car to Karmê Chöling. If you have questions about how to accomplish that or if you are traveling by other means or into other hubs, you may find our Transportation page and our Rideshare Board page very helpful. For any additional questions you may have, please call our front desk at (802) 633-2384.

PLEASE NOTE: Karmê Chöling will not be offering shuttle service in 2017.


There is a materials fee associated with this program estimated to be $95. This will be added to your registration. Payment for it may be made at registration if you have already paid for your tuition and housing.


Please plan to arrive between 3-6pm on May 27th. June 7th is a departure day; you are free to leave anytime on that day.


Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x-101 or x-103). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

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