Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling

Vershire, Vermont

Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling is Mangala Shri Bhuti’s East Coast study and practice center. Nestled deep in the woodlands of eastern Vermont, Pema Osel is 30 minutes north of Hanover, New Hampshire, across the Connecticut River Valley. This classically idyllic New England setting is home to MSB’s most recent center, built with the intention of serving students from the local community, as well as those from areas such as Boston (three hours away) and New York City (five hours).

Annual Programs

Each year, Kongtrul Rinpoche teaches public programs at Pema Osel including the Modern Day Bodhisattva Seminar, and the Dzogchen Seminar. In addition, Rinpoche or Dungse Jampal Norbu lead an annual sangdrup practice retreat for formal MSB students. Dungse Jampal Norbu and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel also offer teaching programs suitable for both beginning students and experienced practitioners.

Pema Chodron

Some years, we are fortunate to host Pema Chodron for a weekend of teachings. If she teaches again a Pema Osel, we will post information about it here.


Tsetar: The Practice of Life Release with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Rinpoche leads us in the practice of tsetar or life release several times a year in Portland, Maine. These events happen the day after Rinpoche's Pema Osel teaching programs. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in, either by attending in person or by contributing to the purchase of live lobsters. Life release is a traditional practice in Buddhism, and in addition to saving lives, we offer the merit of this virtuous activity to those who are suffering, who have passed away, and to all sentient beings wandering in samsara. You are welcome to make a prayer request in connection with your offering to life release. If you plan on attending the life release in person, please check Rinpoche's Facebook page on the morning of the release for information about the exact time and location.


Maitreya Project Vermont

In February 2013, Pema Osel became home to one of the largest Maitreya Buddha statues in the West. Visit the Maitreya Project Vermont webpage for more information.


Sunday Sitting and LINK Teachings

Please join us for meditation Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. The morning schedule begins with opening chants, followed by sitting and walking meditation, and closing chants until noon. From noon to 1 p.m., we listen to the weekly LINK, a live teaching given by Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Norbu, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, or a senior MSB student. And if you feel inspired to come early and contribute to the center’s upkeep, please join us at 9 a.m. for our weekly Sunday cleaning.

To visit Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling, please contact the center at 802-333-4521 or e-mail us.

For more information or directions, please download Pema Osel's Visitor's Guide, and view Pema Osel's location on a Google+ map.

Join the Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling mailing list to stay informed about programs and events.