Founded in 1999, Ewam in Montana is an educational, charitable, and religious non-profit. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism was established under the spiritual guidance of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Ewam's founder. The mission of Ewam is to cultivate and advance spiritual awareness not just in the west, but worldwide as well. The site's particular emphasis is on the practices and study of Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism, including the medicine, psychological, and philosophical aspects.
The purpose of the existence of Ewam is the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism. The teachers at Ewam offer Buddhist teachings and retreats throughout the year for Buddhist practitioners and those seeking to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism. Weekly Buddhist practice sessions are encouraged at all Ewam locations throughout the world. Ewam also holds events for the general public and are open to people from all faith backgrounds and traditions.
Ewam, as a Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, sponsors retreats worldwide, including Arlee in Montana, Santa Fe in New Mexico, satellite centers in California, Nepal, and Asia. Under Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche's spiritual guidance, students come from all corners of the world to learn from him as he journeys from one center to another throughout the year. Those interested in listening to his teachings can check the website for scheduled retreats.
Just north of Arlee, in the Jocko Valley of western Montana is the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. This garden was created under Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche's visionary guidance. Situated in the land of the Confederated Kootenai and Salish Tribes within a serene valley, the garden aligns positive components of the physical world in a sacred arrangement of architecture based on the eight-spoked Dharma wheel. The symbol stimulates the awakening or turning of the enlightened qualities of wisdom and altruism. The garden is dedicated as an International Peace Center.
The aim of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is to evoke a positive transformation within visitors to the site, in response to world's negativity that abounds today. Surrounding the central figure of the Great Mother, or Yum Chenmo, are one thousand Buddha statues that are hand-cast. Yum Chenmo is the manifestation of the perfection of wisdom. Lining the outer circle are one thousand stupas, which represent the enlightened mind. Each one of these stupas will enshrine an image of Tara, a female deity. The garden is also elegantly decorated with native flowers and trees, and it is hoped that it will inspire lasting impressions of compassion and peacefulness within those who visit.
Since 2005, the Annual Peace Festival has been hosted every year at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas and The Ewam Sangha. The free festival is a special gathering for thousands of guests to enjoy the grounds for a day together. The event includes performers and speakers from the local Native American community, and has features participants from an array of faiths, including Christian and Muslim presenters. People gather at Ewam during the festival to pray for peace, share stories, dance, and sing.
34574 White Coyote Road, Arlee, Montana, Phone: 406-726-0555
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