Ewam USA Centers

As a Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Ewam sponsors retreats all over the world including Nepal and Asia, and in the United States in Arlee, Montana, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a satellite centers in California. Under the spiritual guidance of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, students come from all over the world to take teachings from him as he travels from center to center during the year. More retreats will be added as they are scheduled, so check back frequently and register early for assured seating and accommodations. For additional contact information about the Ewam International Centers, visit the EWAM WEBSITE.

PKL (Pema Khandro Ling) = Santa Fe, NM.
1221 Luisa St, Ste A Santa Fe, NM 89505
santafe@ewam.org  |  Rinchen Hanley

SNL (Sang-ngag Ling) = Arlee, MT
PO Box 330  |  34756 White Coyote Rd., Arlee, MT 59821  |  406-726-0555 admin@ewam.org  |  Claudette Carlson

Weekly Practices

See our CALENDAR for Special Events, Weekly Practices are below:

SNL – Arlee, MT (34756 White Coyote Rd)

PKL – Santa Fe, NM (1221 Luisa St, Ste A)

Buddhist History Series : The Indian Tradition

January 19 to February 23 – Saturday’s, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (note February 9 will be 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Main meeting room Missoula Public Library (301 E. Main Street) and online webinar – Montana residents and onsite attendance free (no pre-registration required), online $25 for all classes

The Ewam Buddhist Institute and the Missoula Public Library bring the Buddhist History Series to Montana this winter. The Buddhist History Series this January and February will cover the origins, doctrines, theory, practice and spread of the three vehicles of Buddhism in ancient and medieval India. We will examine the discourses of the Buddha, visit the places he taught and get to know the original disciples. We will then continue and study the Indian masters who created some of the greatest philosophical systems of the ancient world based on the Buddhas words and meditative realization. One will learn about the vast Buddhist Universities like Nalanda and their curriculum in addition to the yogic tradition. We will summarize many of the major themes of Indian Buddhist history, thought and practice from the beginning of Buddhism until the eleventh century. Taught by our resident translator Thubten Shastri and James Curran.

Tibetan I with emphasis on Buddhist terminology 

Downtown Missoula and webinar, $60 all classes

January 19 to February 23 – Saturday’s, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (note February 9thwill be 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

This 6 session Classical Tibetan course is designed for beginning students with no prior knowledge of classical Tibetan. We will cover the Tibetan alphabet and grammar.

Tibetan is a unique language in that it was developed in the 7th century specifically to translate the sacred Buddhist texts from India by meditator scholars.

The study of Tibetan today can help one have a greater appreciation for the rich tradition of Buddhist ideas, texts and thought. Taught by our resident translator Thubten Shastri.

Meditation in Practice – Downtown Missoula

Wednesday Nights 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., January 23 to February 27

These classes are open to all and free of charge. No Pre-Registration Required. Teachings held at Hot House Yoga, 127 N. Higgins, Missoula, MT

In establishing a meditation practice we develop a relationship with our own minds. We learn how to become at ease with whatever is happening in our lives; both the good things and the difficulties. Through meditation we can find a new sense of freedom and insight. In our daily lives of work and leisure we can discover a refreshing sense of stability, liberation and wakefulness that is always accessible. This hour of meditation will focus on the practice of calm abiding and insight meditation. This one hour will be practice focused; we will use a meditation instruction manual developed by Khen Rinpoche, abbot of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. You may come to just one class, several classes or all of them.

Facilitated by Garden of One Thousand Buddhas sangha.

Teachings on the Ngondro (Preliminary Practices) with Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

March 22 – 24, 2019

Ngöndro is the “preliminary practice” for Tibetan Buddhism requiring commitment and support. It means “something which precedes.” In a
direct and very practical way, these preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism are methods which allow us, most efficiently, to purify negativity and accumulate merit. They bring forth our fullest potential, while removing the veils which keep us from experiencing and expressing our Enlightened nature.

Cost: $150 for the weekend.  Texts not included

Registration opens soon.

The Buddhist Path

March 30, 2019, 2 – 5 p.m.

Khen Rinpoche will go over the entire Buddhist path. The Buddhist path according to the ancient school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingmapa school, has three vehicles and nine divisions within those three of practice and study. The three principle vehicles of Buddhist philosophy and practice are the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana as symbolized at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The practices ascend from foundational methods such as calm abiding meditation to the pinnacle of Buddhist practice, Dzogchen. For those who have wanted to know what Buddhists do and how to follow the path this will be an excellent overview. $10 – $20 including tea and snacks.

Pema Traktung Retreat with Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

April 19 – 21, 2019

Pema Traktung is among the practices of Guru Rinpoche inthe wrathful form, a healing practice within the Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhist tradition. A treasure dharma discovered by Namchak Tsasum Lingpa, it is a vital practice on the path to ultimate enlightenment especially meant for overcoming obstacles of negative forces and removing the defilements, negative conditions of practice, and the clearing/curing of diseases including mental and physical health issues. Appropriate for all levels of practitioners including beginners.

Cost: $150 for the weekend. Texts not included

Registration opens soon.

The 37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas

 Namchak Khen Rinpoche at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

June 1st and 2nd, 2019

‘The perfect Buddhas, who are the source of all benefit and joy, Come into being through accomplishing the sacred Dharma. And since this in turn depends on knowing how to practice, I shall now describe the practices of all the Buddhas’ heirs’ – Gyalse Tokme Zangpo (Translated by Adam Pearcey, 2006, lotsawahouse.org)

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. The bodhisattva is someone who has aroused Bodhichitta, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings and who also wishes to bring them to that state. This text is considered a masterpiece on how to follow the Buddhist path. Khen Rinpoche will elaborate on the many meanings of this text from his own vast study and realization. Cost: To be released soon.

Summer Buddhist Studies Program – The Vajrayana Year One – June 27 – July 27

‘Without knowing anything, there can be no practice. Our study and practice will be like a lamp which illuminates the darkness, like the sun rising to light the morning.’ – Sang-Ngag Rinpoche on Shedra

June 27 – 28, Sang-Ngag Rinpoche will bestow the Guhyagharba empowerment

June 29 – July 27, Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma will teach on the vast and profound meanings of Buddhist tantra

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. Year two will be on Ati Yoga or Dzogchen.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn everything about tantric Buddhism you have ever wanted to know. This will be an in-depth and detailed analysis of the tantric path almost never extensively elucidated in the west. Students will attain a profound and sophisticated understanding of the lineage, theory and methods of the Vajrayana path.
The Vajrayana is described as the resultant vehicle because the result itself (Buddhahood) is said to dwell in the fundamental nature of mind. When the methods of tantra are practiced this result can be actualized thereby attaining Buddhahood in this very body and life. This secret and sacred tradition was practiced in India since the time of the Buddha and was passed in an unbroken lineage of transmission into the land of Tibet and now the west.
Thru such great masters of our lineage these teachings come to the garden this summer; from Indian masters, Guru Rinpoche, Longchenpa, Jigme Lingpa, Dilgo Khyentse, Sang-ngag Rinpoche to our two main shedra teachers Khen Rinpoche and Jetsunma. Join us this summer for this precious time of inconceivable understanding and blessings at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

This program is restricted. Completion of a Nyingma ngondro is required as a pre-requisite to be able to apply. For students who have been attending our summer shedra previously please contact for your specific pre-requisites. All students who meet this requirement will then need to be interviewed by Khen Rinpoche in order to be considered for attendance to the program. This will be a highly selective admissions process. Once accepted to attend the registration information will be sent to you. Please email info@ewamshedra.org to schedule your interview or ask any questions you might have about the program. Early inquiries and registration are highly recommended, the interest level has been extremely high for this program. Registration will be closed May 15, 2019 or until full.

This program will not be offered on-line or available in any way except by being onsite. These teachings will not be recorded. Students must commit to attending all sessions on time without exceptions, partial attendance is not possible. Our main text is volume two of Treasury of Precious Qualities by Jigme Lingpa (Shambhala Publications, 2013) with commentaries by Kangyur Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in addition to the extensive oral teachings and pith instructions of our teachers. This year’s shedra will be held in a strict retreat format in order to achieve the greatest possible benefit. The schedule is 9 – 5 daily, an occasional day off of rest and study will be offered if time permits.

Cost for the entire program include all the teachings, 3 meals a day and accommodations. We have two fees depending on your ability to pay and also a limited number of financial aid packages that can pay up to half of your tuition price if you meet our lower income guidelines. Camping $950 and $1,100 (includes use of the sangha house) – Shared room $1,300 and $1,500.

For newer students to Buddhism our 5-year summer shedra program covering the entire Buddhist path will begin again in 2021.