Ewam USA Centers

As a Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Ewam sponsors retreats all over the world including Nepal and Asia, and in the United States in Arlee, Montana, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a satellite centers in California. Under the spiritual guidance of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, students come from all over the world to take teachings from him as he travels from center to center during the year. More retreats will be added as they are scheduled, so check back frequently and register early for assured seating and accommodations. For additional contact information about the Ewam International Centers, visit the EWAM WEBSITE.

PKL (Pema Khandro Ling) = Santa Fe, NM.
1221 Luisa St, Ste A Santa Fe, NM 89505
santafe@ewam.org  |  Rinchen Hanley

SNL (Sang-ngag Ling) = Arlee, MT
PO Box 330  |  34756 White Coyote Rd., Arlee, MT 59821  |  406-726-0555 admin@ewam.org  |  Claudette Carlson

2018 Schedule of Retreats

Vipassana: Tibetan Style with Namchak Khen Rinpoche and Lama Tsomo

This retreat will focus on the simple, time-tested practice of Vipassana or “Sublime Insight.” If Shamata (Peaceful Abiding) is like mowing down the weeds as they crop up in our minds, we can use Vipassana to pull them out by the roots. We do this by penetrating through the appearances of things, to the essential nature of the outer world we’re perceiving, and the essential nature of the perceiver—ourselves.

Join two master teachers—a Tibetan lineage scholar and an American lama—to learn this time honored and scientifically proven technique to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.

This retreat is appropriate for those with a basic mindfulness practice.


April 6-8 | David Brower Center

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm

Saturday 10am – 6pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm


April 13 – 15 | M N D F L UES

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm 

Saturday 10am – 6pm 

Sunday 10am – 6pm



  • $225 general admission* or $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop 
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org.

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact Jessica@namchak.org for more information.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises to eat lunch nearby.

Pema Trakthung

This practice is from the Vajrayana tradition that utilizes the methods of deity yoga. A dharma treasure discovered by Namchak Tsasum Lingpa. It is a vital practice both on the path to enlightenment and is specifically meant for overcoming obstacles, negative forces and alleviating both mental and physical illness. This retreat is lead by Khen Rinpoche at Garden of One Thousand Buddhas and is open to all practitioners.

May 4th- 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
May 5th- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 6th- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dzogchen Retreat

Registration now open!  Join us for an amazing and rare few days delving into the meaning and practice of Trekcho with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This program is open by invitation.  Students of Rinpoche who have been to this Annual Dzogchen retreat previously, may register without inquiry.  Other interested practitioners who have completed at least half of a vajrayana ngondro should send an email to santafe@ewam.org requesting permission to attend.  

May 11th – 15th

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tsalung Retreat


This is first part of a multi- year program of Tsalung teachings in the Longchen Nyingtig tradition.  Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will give the transmission and methods as he received them from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

This retreat is open by invitation.  Rinpoche’s students who have completed at least half of the ngondro may register without inquiry. Other interested practitioners who have completed a full vajrayana ngondro may request permission to attend.  An interview with Rinpoche and other practice commitments may also be required. Contact santafe@ewam.org with questions and request permission to attend this retreat.

Ewam Pema Khandro Ling – Santa Fe, New Mexico

 May 17th – 21st

 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Sangwa Yeshe Drubchod

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Sangwa Yeshe Drubchöd,  June 8 – 16, 2018. Our founder and teacher Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche as well as many esteemed Khenpos, tulkus, lamas, and students will come to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas to preside over this practice and ceremony. 

Continue to check our website for more information about this year’s guest teachers and an updated schedule of events happening throughout the week-long group practice.

We would like to extend our invitations to all who are interested in joining in the deity practice of the Dakini Sangwa Yeshe. Chod or “severance” is a main feature of this practice where one cuts through mundane concepts and ego clinging.  Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is requesting all of his students and new students to attend. This is an unbelievable opportunity to experience the power and majesty of vajrayana practice.


June 8th – Empowerment of Sangwa Yeshe
June 9th – Teaching by Jetsunma
June 10th – Pacifying fire puja
June 11th – Six fold chod practices for the sick people
June 12th – Magnetizing fire Puja
June 13th – Ceremony for the deceased
June 14th – Teaching by Rinpoche
June 15th – Receiving the Siddhis (the blessed substances)
June 16th – Morning Boddhicitta Monlam Ceremony , Tibetan Festival, Gate Opening Ceremony – This is a one day event open to the public




Summer Buddhist Studies Program

The Ewam Buddhist Institute hosts a program on the 9th chapter of Jigme Lingpa’s seminal text Treasury of Precious Qualities. This text is a definitive, detailed presentation of the entire Buddhist path. This year’s program covers Bodhichitta and the meaning of wisdom in the Buddhist tradition. This program is taught by Namchak Khenpo and is suitable for both students new to Buddhism and intermediate students. This text was taught by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Monastary every year and considered so valuable that his students wore it on their bodies. Patrul Rinpoche said to hear one word of this text would place one on the path to liberation and to study the whole text would lead to Buddhahood in this life.

On site accommodations or commuting available

Arrival and Orientation July 1st at 4 p.m.

July 2nd – 27th 9am to 5:30 p.m.

Monday – Saturday, Sunday’s off

Khen Rinpoche’s Phowa teaching

Phowa is the transference the consciousness at the time of death. Direction of one’s consciousness leads to rebirth in the Buddha’s pure lands through skillful means and methods . Khen Rinpoche is a master of this practice and many of the students have achieved the signs of accomplishment.

August 31st through September 4th

Yangti Nagpo

Ratna group, 2nd year – September 14th – 22nd.

For those who have completed year one and Ngondro.

Go further into the cycle with the Lama Sadhana.

Pema group, 3rd year – September 23rd-October 7.

Lama Sadhana requirement must be completed.

This is the start of the Khandro and Tsa Lung teachings.

New group starting 2019 – for more information click here:  https://www.ewamyangti.org/

Weekly Practices

See our CALENDAR for Special Events, Weekly Practices are below:

SNL – Arlee, MT (34756 White Coyote Rd)

PKL – Santa Fe, NM (1221 Luisa St, Ste A)