Community Events

Getting Off the Wheel of Suffering

with Pema Chodron
May 9-10, 2015
Pema Osel in Vershire, Vermont
Seating from $975-$295
Video Streaming: $55 through April 25 / $75 after April 25 (includes 30 days of on-demand recordings)

We human beings are experts at creating problems for ourselves. Unless we have deep wisdom to guide us, we make the same mistakes over and over again, perpetuating our confusion. Because our unconscious habits take us around in circles, this endless routine is known as the “wheel of suffering.” The Buddha thoroughly examined this universal state of affairs and broke down the chain-like process of delusion into twelve components, known as the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination. Studying these simple, powerful teachings can give us the clarity and insight we need to step off the wheel and into a new life of freedom, joy, and increased love for others.

Ani Pema has graciously offered to use all proceeds of this program as a fundraiser for constructing the Sangdo Palri Temple of Wisdom and Compassion in southern Colorado.

Simplicity, in an Age of Complexity

Dharma Sunday with Elizabeth Monson
Sunday, March 8, 10:00am-2:00pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, 253 Philbrick Hill Rd, Springfield, NH 03748
This program is free. Please RSVP to

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck. A program for school aged children will take place this Sunday. Arrive by 9:30 and come dressed for outdoor activity.

Live Webcast with Ram Dass

The Blessing of Mortality Workshop with Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax and Frank Ostaseski
Saturday March 7-Sunday March 8
A free workshop studying the question: “What techniques can we use to bring ourselves into boundlessness, to come into the realization of the truth of impermanence?”

Sign up for this workshop at:
Once you sign up, you will be sent Part 1 of The Blessing of Mortality on March 7 and Part 2 of The Blessing of Mortality on March 8.  The live webcast will occur on March 8 at 8 pm ET

Milarepa Center Summer 2015 Work Study Program

June 7 – August 23, 2105
Applications accepted through April 1
Milarepa Center
1344 U.S. Highway 5 South
Barnet, Vermont 05821
(802) 633-4136

Work Study at Milarepa Center offers participants a unique experience of living, working, meditating, and studying at a residential Buddhist retreat center. It is a wonderful opportunity to live among a community of Buddhist practitioners as you develop and deepen your practice. During the summer we focus on working together to create and serve programs for the community, as well as working on projects to keep the Center thriving.

Work may include cooking, gardening, facilities work, office work, housekeeping, and guest services. Work Study participants are vital to Milarepa Center’s success and it is important to be flexible with job responsibilities.

Karmê Chöling Summer 2015 Volunteer Program


Session 1: April 27th – June 4th
Session 2: June 12th – July 17th
Session 3: July 18th – August 30th
Session 4: September 5th – September 27th
Karmê Chöling: Shambhala Meditation Center
369 Patneaude Lane
Barnet, Vermont 05821
(802) 633-2384
The program is open to any individual who has a strong interest in the unique and rich tradition of Shambhala. Join with other volunteers and residential staff for the opportunity to practice meditation, study, and work in community at one of the oldest retreat centers in the United States.

Participants in the program work 30 hours per week with 3-5 hours of additional community work, and must attend all SVP classes, practice sessions, meetings, social outings and Community events. In return they will receive food, accommodations, and access to a personal meditation instructor. After completion of a session participants will receive program credit that can be applied to program tuition for any of our programs.

If you have other community events you would like to see listed here, please contact the program coordinator, Sylvie Stewart.