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.