The Dharma Wheel (Dharmachakra) represents the Buddha’s teachings of the path to nirvana. The eight spokes stand for the Noble Eightfold Path as laid out by the Buddha, describing a system of conduct, meditation, and wisdom that lead to awakening.


Rev. Sumi Loundon Kim is the Coordinator of Buddhist Life. She teaches the Tuesday meditation workshops and Wednesday Buddhist philosophy sessions, and hosts the Thursday guest teachers, all of which begin at 8pm EST via Zoom. If you have a question and/or would like to meet, please e-mail sumi.kim@yale.edu.

Faith Community: 

The student-led Yale Buddhist Sangha welcomes all enrolled students to support each other through the study and practice of Buddhist meditation and thought. The YBS hosts a number of events, including text study, special talks, noteworthy teachers, meals, crafts, and Buddhist celebrations. The YBS coordinates with the Coordinator of Buddhist Life and the Chaplain’s Office, as well as connects with other student groups and Buddhist communities in New Haven and beyond. For more information, visit Buddhist Life at Yale or email us at yale.sangha@gmail.com.

Sacred Space: 

The Buddha Shrine in Harkness Chapel is closed for the Fall 2020 semester and until further notice. In normal semesters, it is open Sunday to Thursday 4-10pm. It is located on the first floor of Harkness Tower in Branford College. When there is not formal practice or a Dharma talk scheduled, students are welcome to meditate, chant, and make offerings. There will always be a student attendant or one of the Advisors present if you have questions about appropriate use of the space. Please remove your shoes before entering the Chapel.


Tuesdays: Meditation 101 Workshops30-minute sessions offered at 8 PM Eastern (New York) Time via Zoom. Taught by Sumi Loundon Kim. Learn the nuts and bolts of mindfulness meditation. Offered as a progressive series, but accessible for drop-in on any week.

Wednesdays: Spiritual Questions: Buddhist Answers30-minute sessions offered at 8 PM Eastern (New York) Time via Zoom. Led by Sumi Loundon Kim, Yale Buddhist Sangha student leaders, and guest teachers. In these meetings, we reflect on a particular issue in our real lives  from the perspective of Buddhist teachings. Short meditation and topic reflection, followed by extended discussion in small groups.

Thursdays: Guest Buddhist Teachers. 45-minute sessions offered at 8 PM Eastern (New York) Time via Zoom. Well-established, experienced Buddhist teachers from around the world and across Buddhist lineages speak on a wide range of Buddhist teachings and issues. Includes meditation, discussion, and Q&A.

You can learn more on the Buddhist Life Website