Traditional Buddhism for Modern Times
Ewam is an educational non-profit organization established in 1999 under the spiritual guidance of, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche. Ewam’s mission is to cultivate spiritual awareness in the west and throughout the world, with particular emphasis on the study and practices of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.
In July 2016, Sang-Ngag Rinpoche inaugurated the Ewam Buddhist Institute at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Montana. Rinpoche was the first to teach Jigme Lingpa’s seminal text Treasury of Precious Qualities in its entirety in North America, which will be the primary text in the curriculum.
The Buddhist philosophy programs will now be conducted under our new name, Ewam Buddhist Institute. The objective is to provide comprehensive academic training in Buddhist studies with a specific emphasis in the Nyingma tradition.
Our programs offer a rare opportunity for theoretical training in Buddhism and emphasis on the Nyingma tradition, usually only available for those fluent in Tibetan. Sang-Ngag Rinpoche has given us this institute at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas as in the tradition held at Nalanda University and Samye Monastery. We are fortunate to have the skilled and profound teacher Namchak Khenpo. This is an exciting addition to the program at our Ewam centers in the West. We welcome everyone to join us for this educational opportunity.
Meet Our Teachers
A path inspired by greatness.
H.E. Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche
Founder & Spiritual Director
Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ewam International Centers around the world. Rinpoche was recognized in early childhood by the great rimé lama [representing all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism], Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö [1893-1959], as well as by the former Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, to be the reincarnation of the Gochen Tulku. Gochen Tulku is an incarnation of Gyelwa Chokyang, one of the 25 heart disciples of Guru Rinpoche.
Near the mere age of three, when Rinpoche was with his family and a large group of others harvesting hay in the fields, he was left sitting on a boulder at the foot of a cliff, where he imparted the wondrous sign of his realization by leaving his footprint in a rock, as though in soft clay, still visible to this day.
Rinpoche’s vision of a Buddhist garden in a mountainous valley came to him as a small child, eventually leading him to Montana to build the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, a site of pilgrimage and study. He has also established Pema Khandro Ling in Santa Fe and a nunnery in Pharping Nepal.
Namchak Khenpo, the brother and spiritual heir of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, the founder of The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, was born in Eastern Tibet in 1965.
As a young monk, Khenpo studied all aspects of Buddhism, including ritual arts and chanting.
Khenpo traveled to Mysore, India where he had the good fortune to meet His Holiness, Penor Rinpoche and begin studying at His Holiness’s Nyingma College, Namdrol Ling Shedra.
He graduated after nine years as a Do-Ngag Rabjampa, Master of Sutra and Tantra, the highest academic degree.
Deep study, surrounded by beauty.
The campus is located at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in western Montana’s spectacular Jocko Valley, just north of Missoula. Nestled in a peaceful valley in the land of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, near Glacier National Park and medicinal hot springs. The location and architecture of the garden was a prophetic treasure vision that Sang-ngag Rinpoche had while a child and was discovered while on a trip to teach the dharma in Montana.
The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas aligns positive properties of the physical world in a sacred architectural arrangement based on the eight-spoked Dharma wheel. This symbol evokes the turning or awakening of the enlightened qualities of altruism and wisdom.
The Garden invokes positive transformation within those who visit. One thousand hand-cast Buddha statues are arrayed around the central figure of Yum Chenmo, or the Great Mother Goddess, the manifestation of the perfection of wisdom. One thousand stupas, representations of the enlightened mind, line the outer circle. Each enshrines an image of the female deity, Tara. Elegantly adorned with native trees and flowers, the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas instills lasting impressions of peacefulness and compassion. Approximately 2000 visitors and pilgrims come to the garden each month during the warm weather seasons. The garden has become the “Bodhgaya of the West” located in some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world.
We welcome you to grow with us.
Studying or working at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is a unique and unforgettable experience.
The community at the garden is made up of people from all around the world. We have resident staff, volunteers, students and visitors. Every month is filled with events and activities.
In all of our interactions we try to practice the Buddhist principles of cooperation and wisdom. There are plenty of opportunities for socializing, meeting new friends and enjoying the campus in addition to the classes.
We are also deeply connected to the greater Missoula and Montana world of people. The garden for many locals is a place to enjoy regularly and is like their second home.
Our community is open to all people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or expression, as a sacred place to uncover their fundamental dignity, intelligence and wakefulness.