Welcome to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is open year round from dawn till dusk to all visitors. Please feel free to enjoy the space, flowers and serene surroundings envisioned by founder Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche. Visit the gift shop open daily 10am to 4pm.
Latest News, Events, and Updates
Sept 17 10am-8pm Join us for the 12th Annual Festival of Peace beginning with the 6th Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace from 10am-7pm at the Garden! Register for the walk-a-mile for peace and walk either in person or from anywhere in the world virtually. Get sponsors for your walk and help raise funds and awareness for the Garden one-step-at-a-time! The festival theme this year Landscapes of Peace: Creating a Compassionate Community will feature guest speakers from the Garden and community including Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche of the Ewam Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Tsomo of the Ewam/Namchak, Linda Andrus of Missoula Unity Church, Greg Friedman of Missoula Sussex School, Stephen Small Salmon of the SKCT, Michael English of Missoula T’ai Chi, Gyda Swaney of U of M and more! Live music and dancing with Kevin Van Dort, Jenn Adams, Joan Zen, and Tahj and the Sweatshop Sneakers! There will be food and craft vendors as well as kite flying and face painting. This is a full-day FREE family event. Become a VENDOR, REGISTER for the walk, or SHARE the Facebook Event with your organization or friends!
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About the Garden
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in western Montana’s Jocko Valley, just north of Arlee, is being created through the visionary guidance of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, an incarnate Tibetan Buddhist lama. Nestled in a peaceful valley in the land of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas aligns positive properties of the physical world in a sacred architectural arrangement based on the eight-spoked Dharma wheel. This symbol evokes the turning or awakening of the enlightened qualities of altruism and wisdom.
The purpose of the Garden is to bring about positive transformation within those who visit, in response to the negativity that abounds in the world today. One thousand hand-cast Buddha statues are arrayed around the central figure of Yum Chenmo, or the Great Mother, the manifestation of the perfection of wisdom. One thousand stupas, representations of the enlightened mind, line the outer circle. Each enshrine an image of the female deity, Tara. Elegantly adorned with native trees and flowers, it is hoped that the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas will instill lasting impressions of peacefulness and compassion. If you find this vision inspiring, please take your time enjoying what this site has to offer, and consider how you might benefit from helping to bring such a vision into reality.
In addition to being the site of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Ewam Sang-ngag Ling in Arlee, MT is a center for Tibetan Buddhist studies offering teachings, meditation classes, empowerment ceremonies and traditional gatherings. An annual week long Sangwa Yeshe Drub Chöd and a LIVE webcasted International Bodhicitta Mönlam/Tibetan Cultural Festival Day are held every June and an annual Festival of Peace is held every September which welcomes people of all traditions to discuss and celebrate peace.