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Garden Progress Update Summer 2011

Post Date: November 2nd, 2011

During an amazing summer of great progress on the Garden, many milestones were reached! We’ll start with the small stuff and work up to the big accomplishments! (Although it all seems so HUGE!) For most of us, water is VERY important for our health…for a Garden, water is a MUST have!

The irrigation has been laid and installed throughout the Garden, and a well, pump house, and some flower beds have been added! This addition to the first 100 trees that were planted last year means it is time to ask, how does your Garden grow?

In addition to this, the gravel inner-throne wall walkways have been laid, making it easy to circumambulate. And the outer throne wall walkways have just been completed as well in late October, just before the weather has turned!

In other great news, the one thousand stupas hand-carved from volcanic stone have arrived from Indonesia in crates.

Each stupa will have a Tara statue placed in the gau on the front of the statue. The Taras are being made by Dr. Tashi’s sangha in Taiwan.

The nuns at Rinpoche’s nunnery, Turquoise Leaf in Nepal are making the one thousand sogshings (blessing, mantra, medicine, the central channels) which will be inserted into each stupa.

Also completed this summer by Nepali artist Lama Sonam Tsering was the stupa on the Northeast side of Yum Chenmo. It is called “the stupa of reconciliation”, and commemorates Buddha’s reconciliation of the disputing factions of the sangha.


Summer Progress

Post Date: August 8th, 2010

Here at the Garden of 1000 Buddhas we’ve been so busy, that though we’ve been updating our Facebook page pretty regularly, we realize we’ve sorely neglected our blog readers! To make up for this, we’ll tell the story of the Garden’s progress thus far in captioned pictures:

July: Heavy equipment arrives… 

…and promptly begins excavating the inner circle around the Yum Chenmo statue. 

The circle is filled and flattened… 

…paving stones arrive… 

…and the first paving stone of the lotus-design inner walkway is laid. 

Meanwhile, Nepali artist-in-residence begins the intricate decorative coloration of the Yum Chenmo statue… 

…and even Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche’s brother, Khenpo Namchak, is inspired to get in on the action. 

Also meanwhile, a grader begins to cut the spokes of the Garden’s wheel design… 

…and soon four spokes are done, on which throne walls will be built to hold the 1000 buddha statues. 

The inner circle of paving stones is complete… 

…Sonam Tsering finishes more fine details… 

…and the elements rejoice for the next month’s worth of work!

June 3rd Benefit Poster

Post Date: May 25th, 2010

Hot off the presses, here’s the poster for the upcoming June 3 Gala Garden Benefit in Missoula, MT. If you can’t make it, please consider a donation. We’re marshaling resources to take advantage of Montana’s too-short construction season. But if you’re able, we’ll see you there!



Post Date: May 20th, 2010

Welcome to The Eight-spoked Wheel, the blog for the new website of Arlee, Montana’s Garden of 1000 Buddhas and HH the Dalai Lama’s anticipated visit to perform its consecration. Please bookmark or subscribe to the feed of The Eight-spoked Wheel to catch the latest news, photos, and more in-depth stories during the Garden’s development. Be sure to take a moment to click around the new site, created as an offering by Bozeman’s Catch & Release Graphics and Radd Icenoggle. We welcome your feedback in the comments! Expect constant additions and improvements.

Why “The Eight-spoked Wheel”? This will be the configuration of the Garden of 1000 Buddhas, as envisioned by Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche on his land at Ewam Sang-ngag Ling. It is one of Buddhism’s most ancient symbols, representing Shakyamuni Buddha’s original “turning of the wheel of dharma,” detailing the eight-fold path, a way of life that can free anyone beyond suffering in the state of enlightenment. Moreover, we chose today, the holy day celebrating the birth of the Buddha, as the time to unveil the new site and felt it was most appropriate.

May we all work together in great joy to bring this sacred Garden into being and soon welcome the supremely auspicious visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama!