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 leads to awakening.


Rev. Sumi Loundon Kim is the Coordinator of Buddhist Life. She teaches most of the evening sessions with students in the Yale Buddhist Sangha, providing a thorough introduction to meditation practice and Buddhist teachings as they apply to everyday life. She also provides pastoral counseling individually. 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 open during the fall and spring semesters from Monday 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, do quiet practice, and make offerings. There will always be a student attendant present if you have questions about appropriate use of the space. Please remove your shoes before entering the Shrine Room.


Sundays, 7 - 8pm: Meditation & Discussion for Undergraduates*

Tuesdays, 7 - 8pm: Meditation & Discussion for Graduate Students*

* If you have a scheduling conflict, please know that you can attend either day (i.e., an undergrad can come on Tuesday or graduate student on Sunday). 

  • All meetings include guided meditation, suitable for beginners and useful for experienced meditators, reflection on a topic relating Buddhist teachings to everyday life, and time for small group discussion.
  • The topic/theme will be exactly the same on Tuesdays as it was on Sundays. Total repeat. 20-person occupancy max. Masking is mandatory. 

You can learn more on the Buddhist Life Website