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Plan a Vermont Retreat - Karma Choling Shambala Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center

For a truly peaceful escape and to get away from it all, plan a visit and retreat to Karmê Chöling Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center. It offers an unforgettable environment for meditation and learning. It is a beautiful, calm environment that offers various introspective options for the novice or the professional.
Karma Choling Shambala Buddhist Meditation Center is located in Barnet, Vermont. It has been an established for more than forty years. Karma Choling was originally named the "Tail of the Tiger" when a local dairy farm was purchased in 1970. Four years later, the Sixteenth Karmapa renamed it Karma Choling. Over the years, many of the greatest buddhist leaders have visited an blessed this sacred Buddhist site.
Karma Choling offers all levels of instruction and training based on the practioners experience. Karma Choling offers programs and retreats all year long.


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Prices -

Varies depending on activity or retreat.

Hours -

Open year round. Hours depend on activity or retreat.

Karma Choling Shambala Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center -

  • Two-week Meditation retreat
  • Traditional Chinese Qigong
  • Garden Institute
  • Learn to meditate
  • Solitary Cabin Retreats
  • Activities

Shambhala Buddhism & meditation overview

Through meditation, you can begin to discover the mind's inherent stability and strength. When you tap into this stability, your experience of the world becomes more vivid and clear, and you become less swept away by the ebb and flow of life. Sitting quietly and working with your mind is one of the most radical and practical activities in which you could engage.

Recommended items to bring

Bring loose fitting, comfortable clothing, flashlight and extra batteries, shawl or blanket, battery operated alarm clock, festive clothing for special events, comfortable walking shoes and easy-to-slip-off shoes, cash or ATM card, towel, toiletries, bedding if applicable, and bag for carrying things.


  • What are the housing/accommodation options available?

    There are private single and double rooms, shared dormitory housing, meditation hall accommodations, seasonal tents, and a guesthouse in nearby Barnet, Vermont.
  • Where is the center located and what transportation methods are available?

    Karmê Chöling is located in northeastern Vermont, one hour north of White River Junction off Interstate 91. You can drive, arrange for a ride or car share, or fly, take Amtrak ,or a bus nearby where you’ll need to arrange for further transportation to Karmê Chöling.

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