In June 2011, the new Ewam Buddhist Center in Missoula hosted a special week of Buddhist teachings given by Namchak Khenpo, the brother and spiritual heir of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, on the Mahayana Tibetan Buddhist path as discussed in Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva. This shedra, or multi-year retreat, offered an in-depth study of one of the greatest spiritual texts ever written on the principles of compassion. Namchak Khenpo kept a dozen eager students engaged daily, teaching from the text commentary and offering prayers and practices in the evening to help the students dispel obstacles to practice. An interesting addition to the weekend was that a translator, Vanessa, was Skyped-in from LA. With only a few modem dropouts, this was an efficient way to bring the dharma to Missoula without having a translator present. Though Khenpo only spends about 6 months a year in MT, the Ewam sangha and community benefits greatly from each and every teaching with him as he is skilled in all areas of Buddhist practice. He will return next July 2012 to teach at Ewam. We wish him safe travels and pray for his swift return home to us!