Articles in the ‘Retreats’ Category
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!
In May 2011, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche visited Ewam and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas to teach Shinay meditation to 30 devoted students at the new Ewam Buddhist Center in Missoula. A 7-day retreat focusing on teaching calm abiding techniques, the foundational meditation practice for Tibetan Buddhist students taught was translated by visiting Khenpo Sonam of Los Angeles, CA, and attended by novice and expert alike including Rinpoche’s brother and spiritual heir, Khenpo Namchak, and Rinpoche’s long-time student and Ewam/Namchak teacher in MT, Lama Tsomo. The week was filled with special evening practices such as the heart sutra, refuge, and bodhisattva vows, and tsok feasts. Given that Rinpoche visits Montana only 2-3 times per year, it was a special opportunity for long-time and new students of Rinpoche’s to spend valuable moments with him, learning and serving the Dharma. For information on upcoming retreats and related events in Missoula and Arlee, visit the Ewam website for the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism and Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche.