Karmê Chöling  Residency

Nestled in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Karmê Chöling offers contemplative retreats and extended residencies to inspire wisdom and compassion in our daily lives. As part of the global community of Shambhala, we are dedicated to awakening our human hearts with kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue.
Living in a Shambhala community offers the camaraderie and support needed to deepen as meditators and progress on our path as good human beings. If you have questions about living at Karmê Chöling, please email Nathan Railla.

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Community News

  • June 21: Sadhana of Mahamudra & Zoom Dinner
    On Sunday, June 21, you’re invited to join KCL for a special sadhana practice and dinner! This may be an especially auspicious practice for those who celebrate Father’s Day. We’ll hold our regular monthly practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra on Sunday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. After the sadhana, you’re invited to enjoy a “zoom dinner” with members of the KCL community.
  • Stop, Drop and Touch the Speechless Sky
    From Karmê Chöling’s organic garden: Many people ponder how humanity can continue its proliferation on planet earth with its limited material resources and our rapidly widening ecological footprint. I am simply a small scale organic gardener who has been cultivating his plot of land, first in Holland for ten years and then in Barnet, Vermont… Continue reading
  • How Drala Fields like Karme Choling can Serve the Sangha
    By JT Buck On Thursday, May 7th, KCL hosted its first Shambhala Sadhana “Household Dinner.” The event grew out of casual conversations among a team of community members who hold the Shambhala Householder principle close to their heart. Personally, the Householder teachings became central to my practice as our sangha has been upended in recent… Continue reading
  • Bill Brauer | May You Live in Interesting Times
    This blog is reposted from www.appliedmindfulnesstraining.org, where it appeared earlier this month. The author, Bill Brauer, is the resident shastri for Karmê Chöling, and will be teaching Shambhala Training Levels 1-3 online June 26 – July 2. By Bill Brauer Like everyone else who isn’t an essential worker, I have time these days to contemplate… Continue reading
  • Awakening to the Life of Reruns
    From the book “Natural Wakefulness,” by Acharya Gaylon Ferguson. Let’s begin with Natural Wakefulness and its connection with the path of meditation. In meditation retreats over the years, I’ve been asked many times, “Why is it natural to wake up?” After some conversation among the group, circling around the deeper meaning of “awake” as our… Continue reading