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 both the Tuesday Dharma Discussions and the Thursday Meditation Sessions, which happen in the evenings in the Harkness Shrine Room. 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, contact the Yale Buddhist Sangha at yale.sangha@gmail.com.

Sacred Space: 

The Buddha Shrine in Harkness Chapel is open Sunday to Thursday 4-10pm. Is it 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.


Meditation Sessions are offered weekly on Thursday evenings at in the Shrine with Sumi Loundon Kim or YBS members. 

Dharma Discussions are opportunities to go more deeply into a particular topic and how it is discussed in Buddhist thought. They first begin with a short period of meditation, and the presenter offers a brief introduction on the topic of the week. After this brief presentation, the remainder of the time is opened to discussion amongst those present.