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The Dalai Lama’s Birthday

Post Date: July 8th, 2010

One of the joys of creating the Garden of 1000 Buddhas is that its compassionate intention seems to appeal to the basic good qualities of visitors from around the world, no matter whether they’re engaged in a formal spiritual path or not. Of course, this is also the appeal of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who draws crowds in their tens of thousands wherever he goes to spread his message of loving-kindness.

Thus, it was a great joy to welcome a delegation from the Tributary Fund this past Tuesday, on an Environmental Education Tour of Wyoming and Montana, that included monks and officials from Mongolia and Bhutan, to explore our projects and help us celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday.

The morning was devoted to a trip north to the Namchak Retreat Land, to hear from Lama Tsomo and Brandon Sheehan about innovative plans to restore the ecological integrity of the former cattle ranch and develop a place for long-term meditation retreat in as sustainable and low-impact a way as possible.

Returning to Ewam in Arlee, the delegation got a taste of creating the buddha statues and were impressed by the array already completed and stored in the ‘Buddha Barn.’

The day culminated in a most festive way, with nearly 100 people gathered for chanting, a food and candlelight offering, and birthday-cake-and-ice-cream-sharing especially to honor His Holiness the Dalai Lama and express the collective wish for his continued long life. With Tibetans, Mongolians, Bhutanese, and Americans of all stripes gathered together on such an occasion at a Buddhist center in rural Montana, the local media also found this compelling. The event made the front page of The Missoulian (with online-only video at the link) and the 10pm news broadcast of Missoula’s KPAX. Thanks to both for making the journey up!

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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.

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