Today, Ewam launched a new fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to raise $8,000 for construction on the new Ewam Welcoming Center at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. In 2011, we converted one side of an old garage located at the Sangha house at Ewam in Arlee, MT. Now we need everyone’s help to convert the other half into a new office, media center with flat-screen TV playing films about the Garden, and additional store space. Help us create this much needed space before our July stupa event where the garden will welcome hundreds of visitors daily. Please support the campaign HERE.
For the entire month of July, under the direction of master stupa builder, Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, one thousand stupas will be set and consecrated in the Garden. The immense merit earned and dedicated from this type of activity is extremely beneficial to all sentient beings. Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to be involved in this rare and precious process. Come for a day, or volunteer for the month. CLICK HERE and scroll down to July to download forms about making offerings to be placed inside the stupas, or how to volunteer during the event. Contact Ewam Sang-ngag Ling at 406-726-0555 for information about how you can take part!
Letter of Opportunity to Contribute Elements to be Placed in One Thousand Stupas in Montana, United States of America
Dear Friends in the Dharma,
On behalf of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche and the Ewam School of Tibetan Buddhism, we send auspicious greetings. We respectfully request your assistance in offering your dharma center and sangha the opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity of enlivening one thousand stupas. In July of 2012, the stupas will be filled, consecrated and placed in the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana, U.S.A. ATTACHED is a two-page letter that describes the opportunity for all people to offer the essential elements requisite for the vivification of each of the one thousand stupas. We ask that you please send this letter of invitation to your center’s email contacts so that all may be made aware of the opportunity to engage in the merit of creating stupas. The synergy of our efforts will bring immeasurable benefit to all beings throughout all space and time.
Thank you for your kind assistance.
Pema Kunzang Drolma
The Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
On Friday, December 2, 2011, Sunti began the clay foundation for his bronze bust of the eminent Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche as his gift to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Sunti first learned about the Garden from visitors who met Sunti and viewed his artwork at the CM Russell Art Show in Great Falls Montana in March 2010 – the same weekend it was announced that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet would be making his first visit to Montana. With the excitement over Sunti’s fiberglass resin sculpture, Grandfather Monk Luan, many enthusiastic Montanans encouraged Sunti to sculpt the Dalai Lama in honor of his visit to Montana. With a little research, Sunti discovered that the true reason for His Holiness’ visit was to bless a Buddhist sanctuary only 70 miles from his gallery – the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.
After contacting the Garden regarding his desire to sculpt the Dalai Lama, Sunti offered to donate an additional casting to the Garden, in addition to possible monetary donations via fundraising in his homeland, Thailand. Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche graciously accepted Sunti’s gift, and shared his desire to display Sunti’s sculpture outdoors. After several months, Sunti had yet to return to Thailand to fundraise and his country was overwhelmed with political turmoil, followed by months of devastating floods. During this time, Sunti further studied the biography and accomplishments of Gochen Tulku, the honorable humanitarian and sixth incarnation of Gyalwa Gyatso; a man of equal holiness to the Dalai Lama. With the option of fundraising eliminated and Sunti’s mounting interest in Rinpoche himself, Sunti offered to sculpt not only a bust of His Holiness as his gift to the Garden, but also an original bust of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche. Sunti envisions the busts on two equal pedestals in an entryway, welcoming visitors. Both sculptures will be cast in bronze, adhering to Rinpoche’s request to display the pieces outdoors. Please visit Sunti’s website www.suntiworldart.com for updates regarding his bust of Rinpoche and original sculpture of the Dalai Lama.
G’Day Mate! My name is Donovan McDonald. I am currently a sophomore at Arlee High School. I placed 11th at the Montana State Cross Country Meet and now I have been invited to represent Montana on the North Central Conference Cross Country team competing in Australia in the summer of 2012. I am excited for the opportunity to represent my family, school, tribe, community, state, and country in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. In order to achieve this goal of competing internationally I am asking for donations in any amount to go towards the cost of competing Down Under. ATTACHED is a copy of my sponsorship letter confirming that I have officially been selected to be on the North Central Conference Cross Country Team, and explaining how to contribute. Also included in my sponsorship letter is a thank you ticket that you can fill out and submit to Down Under Sports to be entered into a drawing for 2 all-expense paid trips to Australia and Hawaii as well as a drawing for a 5-day Caribbean cruise for 2. Whether you are able to donate or not, please take the time to fill out and submit this thank you ticket for taking the time to read this letter. Kind Regards, Donovan McDonald
This holiday season, the Ewam sangha and supporters were treated to a special way to donate to the Garden of One Thosuand Buddhas…a holiday raffle. On December 15 during an open house and holiday potluck at the Ewam Buddhist Center and Tibetan Store in Missoula, the drawing was held. Congratulations to Donald and Caroline Wood of Livingston, MT for winning the brightly-colored Pendleton Blanket. Sarah Brouwer won the beautiful, earth-toned, Yak Wool Blanket. Ewam Sangha member, Roberta Anderson won the Guru Yoga Gift Basket filled with Ewam’s exclusive products. Thank you to all who supported the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas with your raffle ticket purchase. The raffle raised almost $3,000 for the Garden Construction fund! On behalf of the Ewam sangha we wish you all the best during this season of peace, love and joy!
On November 30, 2011, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche visited the Ewam Sangha in Montana to teach the Prajnaparamita Retreat on the Heart Sutra and the practice of the One Thousand Buddhas. Upon his arrival with translator Khenpo Sonam from LA, the Ewam Sangha held a meet-and-greet at The Ewam Buddhist Center and Tibetan Store in Missoula, where the newly opened store was filled with new products and great possibilities. Rinpoche delighted in the achievements of the Sangha this year and congratulated members on their accumulating merit and good fortune.
The following day, Ewam held its first annual fundraising luncheon where almost 150 Missoula supporters were treated to lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn. During the luncheon, the visitors enjoyed a short video about the Garden followed by an inspiring discussion by Rinpoche about his vision for the Garden and the responsibility for each person to create peace in the world. Speakers Raquel Castellanos (Ewam Development Coordinator), Dr. Georgia Milan (Ewam Board Member), and Julie Cajune (Native Educator) rounded out the presentations offering encouragement and support for the collective vision the Garden promises. Generous donations were offered, good friends were made, and connections were deepened through the activities of the Sangha and community that day.
Friday through Sunday December 2-4, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche taught a sold-out retreat at the Ewam Buddhist Center in Missoula beginning with a public talk about Buddhist Practice. Throughout the weekend, Rinpoche taught the practices of Yum Chenmo and the Thousand Buddhas to a large and dedicated group. In just a few months, Ewam has grown in its presence in Missoula, offering films of compassion, open meditation sessions, guest speakers and presentations on everything from horoscope weaving to ayurvedic health and chi-gong. Visit the CALENDAR on this website for more information about how you can be involved in this growing center.
Garden supporters Thang and Loan donated beautiful landscape stones which were placed this week, providing an area to sit and rest and reflect on the path of peace. The six stones represent the the Buddha Shakyamuni and the five ascetics who became the Buddha’s first students after he became enlightened. The largest stone will have a carving of verses from the dhammapada etched into it for all to read.
This 14,000 lb stone almost tipped the huge tractor being used to place it, creating quite a scare and then a laugh or two from the crew. From the flower garden of Genovieve Bliss, Pam and Valerie have sent dozens of perfect perennial plants in honor of their mother, which will grow for many years to come in the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas. Thank you for sharing this love. Other lovely areas will be created over the next year! Stay tuned for more!
In October 2011, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche arrived to an eager group of students from around the globe to teach Dzogchen meditation. The 10-day retreat offered students an opportunity to learn from a great teacher such as Rinpoche. The entire week was filled with blessings and happiness for all involved. Khenpo Sonam from LA came to translate for Rinpoche. The next retreat with Rinpoche will be held at Ewam Missoula from Dec 2-4, 2011. Rinpoche will teach on the practices of the thousand Buddhas and the Prajnaparamita (Yum Chenmo) practice. For more information, visit Ewam.
On Saturday, Sept 10, 2011, the 7th Annual Festival of Peace began early in the morning with the 1st Annual Walk-A-Mile for Peace. Walkers collected pledges to support their walk which directly benefited the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.
Participants walked the one-mile loop around the Ewam property and at each 1/4 mile marker, they contemplated one of the four immeasurable qualities: compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Founder of the Garden, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche himself took part in the walk, whispering at each marker “Oh compassion” and “Oh joy”.
The walk had over 100 participants and raised over $3,000 toward the construction of the Garden.
The day continued with a traditional Tibetan Buddhist processional with the Ewam sangha following Rinpoche and hundreds of visitors.
Guest speakers discussed health, the environment, and how to practice in troubled times.
Music, food, vendors, and lovely weather rounded out a full-day of peaceful interactions for all who were involved.
Make sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event to be held on Sept 8, 2012! Click the links below to view the 2011 festival on Vimeo!