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Local Lore

Post Date: July 13th, 2010

We recently picked up one of those fascinating historical pamphlets of local lore at the Hangin’ Art Gallery, History of the Jocko Valley Road Names, originally published in 1977 by the Arlee Historical Society. Among the many engrossing nuggets, one in particular stood out since it concerns White Coyote Road, along which the Garden of 1000 Buddhas is being built. First, it’s explained that while the road is named after Nicolai White Coyote, he and his family actually lived far to the south. But then it continues:

“It does happen though that a focal point in the [Pen D’Oreille] Indian Coyote legend is located near the road on a flattened-out butte which runs between it and Dumontier Road to the south. This odd formation represents the heart of the dragon which Coyote succeeded in killing before he [the dragon] had destroyed all the animals in the Jocko Valley by swallowing them alive. By using great cunning Coyote voluntarily entered the dragon-monster’s mouth, and traveling down to his heart, pierced it with a larch pole which he had taken in with him. Later he threw the pole down and it took root, to grow on the top of the butte until 1918 when some unwitting person cut it down for firewood and  brought a curse of misfortune upon himself by so doing. In the legend, the belly of the dragon was the Jocko Valley, his jaws were the bluffs between Ravalli and Dixon, and his tail was the Coriacan Defile (Evaro Hill). After all the animals were freed from the dragon’s stomach…Coyote tossed the heart away with a mighty heave which landed it on the side of the mountain above Agency Creek where it is still plainly visible today. Old timers watch the heart up there to check the water run-off because when the snow is gone from it high water is over.”

Here’s a very different version of the story, with very cool details.

It’s an honor to be creating this sacred garden in a place already so deeply blessed with Coyote’s wisdom and clever skill.


In the Shadow of Wisdom: Sunday Blessings with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

Post Date: June 7th, 2010

One of the intentions for the Garden of 1000 Buddhas is that it be a deeply blessed and pure power spot for the transmission of Buddhist teachings. Such activity has already begun, and continues this Sunday, June 13, at 4PM when Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche will confer the traditional Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows, as well as a Green Tara empowerment with Tsok offering ceremony, in front of the Garden’s central symbol of transcendent wisdom, the Yum Chenmo statue. This will be Tulku Sang-ngag’s only public teaching event during his current residency at Ewam Sang-ngag Ling. All are welcome – here are directions to the Garden site.

And here are some details about the elements of the teachings and ceremonies to be conducted:

Refuge Vows: The refuge vows are based on seeking refuge from samsara in the 3 jewels: the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  Refuge vows are common to all traditions of Buddhism and are often said to be the dividing point between Buddhist and non-Buddhist.

Bodhisattva Vows: Bodhisattva vows are based on making the committment that, “As long as space remains and as long as sentient beings remain, so too shall I remain and dispell the miseries of the world.”  These vows are the foundation of the Mahayana Buddhist path.  Tulku Sang-ngag holds both primary lineages of the Bodhisattva vows and is renowned globally as a true Bodhisattva.

Green Tara Empowerment and Tsok offering ceremony: Tara is the feminine divine in the Tibetan tradition.  The Vajrayana or tantric Buddhist practices of Tibet include the transmission and empowerment of yogic deity practices from master to disciple.  These practices include commitments to the teacher and practice offered.  The Tara empowerment can also be taken as a blessing without any obligation to maintain.  Following the empowerment or initiation there will be a feast offering or ‘tsok.’

If you plan to take vows please bring a monetary donation that you’re comfortable with and flowers and food offerings for the Tara empowerment and tsok.  Look forward to seeing you.

Call the Ewam office with questions and to RSVP: 406.726.0555.