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Karmê Chöling | Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to Karmê Chöling

Nestled in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Karmê Chöling offers contemplative programs to inspire wisdom and compassion in our everyday lives. As part of the global community of Shambhala we are dedicated to awakening our human hearts with kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue.

With an array of accommodations, elegant meditation halls, an abundant organic garden, and a warm, inviting residential staff, you will find an ideal setting to explore what it means to be fully human while deepening your connection to the earth, yourself, and society.

 

About Shambhala

Shambhala is a global community with over 200 meditation and retreat centers around the world. As one of it’s four largest rural retreat centers, Karmê Chöling brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our minds, transforming our experience, and awakening our potential for enlightened society.

We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others to work on ourselves.

~ Pema Chödrön

Dathüns and Weekthuns

Dathüns and weekthüns are in-depth retreats and a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation. They are offered multiple times throughout the year as one-week, two-week or month-long group retreats.

During these programs, the practice of mindfulness goes beyond sitting on a meditation cushion; every aspect of daily life becomes part of the mindful discipline of rediscovering the present moment and our own hearts and minds.

 
 

Update Regarding COVID-19

Here at Karmê Chöling, we've started fielding questions and concerns about how corona virus may affect the upcoming program season, so we thought we'd let everyone know what we're doing to prepare: At this time, there is no plan to cancel any of our programming based on corona virus. Karmê Chöling is actively developing protocols to address and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check our blog to see more of what we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy.
 
 

Cancellation Policy Relaxed through July

 

Featured Programs

June 5 - 7

Way of Shambhala: Rigden Weekend *

With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world. This program emphasizes genuine confidence and steadfastness in facing the worlds challenges.

June 8 - 19

Enlightened Society Assembly *

The Enlightened Society Assembly is a Shambhala mahayana program that emphasizes the view of the intrinsic goodness of all beings, practices that rouse bodhichitta and confident activity that engages fully in the world.

June 23 - 28

Coming Home: Karme Choling 50th Anniversary Week

Karme Choling at 50! Come home for a week of picnics, practice, walks and tours, demonstrations, videos, talks, music, dancing and more!

July 3 - 5

Learn the Art of Japanese Archery: Kyudo First Shot

with Grace DiNapoli and Tom Kyle

Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. The practice of kyudo begins with first shot and the cultivation of beginner's heart.

July 3 - 18

Half Dathun

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend one week or the full 2 week retreat.