Welcome to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is open to the public year round. Summer Hours from Memorial Day – Labor Day are 8 am – dusk and Winter Hours are 9 am – dusk. Only a half an hour from Missoula.
Spring and summer schedule is released – information on all programs, see the retreats page
Yeshe Lama – May
Yeshe Lama, written by Vidyadhara Jigmed Lingpa, is the most important practice manual on the Great Perfection teachings of the Nyingma tradition. Jigmed Lingpa stated, “Realization of the pure awareness that transcends the mind is the specialty of the Great Perfection.” Students must have completed a Nyingma Ngondro and need permission to attend.
37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas – June
Gyalse Tokme Zangpo wrote The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas in the fourteenth century. His eloquent verses of advice summarize the meaning of the bodhisattva path and instructions on how to follow it. This text is considered a masterpiece on how to follow the Buddhist path.
Sangwa Yeshe Drubchöd – June
In the 9thcentury at the Drakmar Kyeu-tsang cave of Samye Chimphu in Tibet, Guru Rinpoche bestowed the sacred teachings of the Gathering of Sughatas. One of these rare and precious cycles of tantric instruction and practice was the Sangwe Yeshe (secret wisdom) cycle given to the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of the heart sons among the 25 disciples of Guru Rinpoche.
International Prayer Festival – June
Sang-ngag Rinpoche, Jetsunma, Khen Rinpoche and other great Buddhist masters will be in attendance. 8:00-9:00 am: International Prayer Ceremony (Bodhicitta Monlam). Free and open to all – please arrive a few minutes early and take your seat. Weather permitting will be held in front of the main garden statue, if raining inside outdoor tent near the gift shop.
Tibetan Festival – June
Sacred dances, debate, arts, music and practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For over a thousand years the rich culture of Tibet blended with the Indian Buddhist tradition. Come out for a fun day of extraordinary performances and insights; bring your friends and family. Open to all ages. Free of charge. Food vendors will be on site.
The Garden is now home to the Ewam Buddhist Institute and Summer Buddhist Studies Program (click here to visit the website)
Summer Buddhist Studies – July
Year one of our two year shedra program on the Vajrayana which will cover all six classes of tantra. Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will begin our summer program with the Guhyagarbha empowerment and teachings; thereafter the shedra will be taught by Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. Year one will cover 5 of the Buddhist classes of tantra; Kriya tantra, Charya tantra, Yoga Tantra, Mahayoga and Anuyoga.
About the Garden
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is in western Montana’s spectacular Jocko Valley, just north of Missoula. Nestled in a peaceful valley in the land of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, near Glacier National Park and medicinal hot springs. The location and architecture of the garden was a prophetic treasure vision that Sang-ngag Rinpoche had while a child and was discovered while on a trip to teach the dharma in Montana.
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 Garden invokes positive transformation within those who visit. One thousand hand-cast Buddha statues are arrayed around the central figure of Prajnaparamita (Yum Chenmo), or the Great Mother Goddess, the manifestation of the perfection of wisdom. One thousand stupas, representations of the enlightened mind, line the outer circle. Each enshrines an image of the female deity, Tara. Elegantly adorned with native trees and flowers, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas instills lasting impressions of wisdom and compassion. Approximately 2000 visitors and pilgrims come to the garden each month during the warm weather seasons. The garden has become the “Bodhgaya of the West” located in some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world.
The garden is also a center for Tibetan Buddhist studies and practice in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. There are teachings, meditation classes, Vajrayana retreats 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. Please see our videos for more information.