2018 Schedule of Retreats and Classes


Theory and practice on the Buddhist path.

Timeless methods for our modern lives.

New retreats and classes are offered in addition to the current schedule. Check back often. 


Meditation in Daily Life

Tuesdays in Missoula 7:30-9 PM - Introduction to Meditation Series

September 4: Establishing the body, speech and mind: Preparation for meditation practice

September 11: Breath and concentration: Engaging in the art and science of meditation

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 relaxation. In our daily lives of work, leisure and relationships we can discover a refreshing sense of stability, curiosity and wakefulness that is always accessible. Taught by Khen Rinpoche, Abbot Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. 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, 59802.

Tuesdays in Missoula 7:30-9 PM - Meditation Intensive

October 9: Ways and means for Calm Abiding

October 16: Actual Calm Abiding

October 23: Calm Abiding

October 30: Calm Abiding

November 6: Clear Insight

November 13: Clear Insight

Our landmark 6-week training course in meditation will take you on a journey to learn some of the most helpful and profound meditation practices from the Buddhist tradition. Through establishing a meditation practice we will discover our own innate intelligence and wakefulness. During this six class series, we will learn the techniques of calm abiding and clear insight meditation. Through first establishing stability and tranquility of mind we then can begin to discover the true nature of mind. Through meditation practice we can experience our daily lives with greater confidence, precision and happiness.Taught by Khen Rinpoche, Abbot Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. 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, 59802.



Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra

Wednesdays 7-9 PM - Garden of One Thousand Buddhas Shrine Room & Webinar

Six Sessions: October 10th – November 14th

Arya Maitreya’s Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Shastra is one of the most important teachings on Buddha-nature and enlightenment. This work is often considered a bridge between the sutras and tantras. All sentient beings without exception have Buddha-Nature — the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states.

The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, one of the Five Treatises said to have been dictated to Asanga by the Bodhisattva Maitreya, presents the Buddha's definitive teachings on how we should understand this ground of enlightenment and clarifies the nature and qualities of Buddhahood. Taught by Khen Rinpoche, Abbot Garden of One Thousand Buddhas - Khen Rinpoche will be presenting selections from this work with commentary.

$90 - $120 (all classes)

Hands of a Tibetan monk with an buddhist prayer book.

Language Classes

10:00 AM-12:00 PM - Garden of One Thousand Buddhas Shrine Room

Tibetan Language I: Saturday’s, October 13th – November 17th and December 1st and 8th

This 8 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 texts and thought. Taught by our resident translator Thubten Shastri.

$120 - $150 (all classes)


Mind Training

Sunday's 10 AM - 5:30 PM - Garden of One Thousand Buddhas Shrine Room & Webinar

October 14: Session I

October 21: Session II

October 28: Session III

November 4: Session IV

November 11: Session V

November 18: Session VI w/optional refuge vows

The mind-training practices contained in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The seven mind trainings in this course will cover impermanence, karma, suffering and compassion, the teacher, meditation, negativity and wisdom. The important point is that if we train our mind on the path of profound teachings, our mind will become free from emotional turmoil, habitual patterns and karmic bondage and will awaken us to our own innate wisdom. We will use Jigme Lingpa’s text, Steps to the Path of Great Perfection. Taught by Khen Rinpoche, Abbot Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. If you cannot attend all the Sundays video recordings will be available so you can stay current and not miss anything. Overnight accommodations available upon request. Financial aid requests please email info@ewamshedra.org, no one turned away due to lack of funds.

$180 - $240 (all classes)


Meditation - Calm Abiding

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas Shrine Room – Saturdays 3-4 PM

October 13-November 17

Join us at the Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas shrine room for one hour of meditation. There will be both instructions, teachings and practice. Meditation is an exploration of one’s natural state of mind. Our main practice will be calm abiding meditation which allows one to develop the qualities of stability, concentration and inner tranquility. This class is open to all and is free of charge.


Nyingtig Yabzhi: The Four-fold Heart Essence

Empowerment (wang), Reading Transmission (lung) and Explanation (tri)

November 2 – 11, 2018 with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche in Santa Fe, New Mexico

A multi-year cycle on the whole of Longchenpa’s cycles with an emphasis on Dzogchen, in the lineage and transmission of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.  The retreat will begin with the Nyingtig Yabzhi empowerments, along with some of the oral transmission, and beginning with an explanation of Semnyi Ngalso.

The intention for these teachings is to emphasize the actual instructions and commentaries on the Nyingtig Yabzhi.  One of these explanations (tri yig) will be the extremely rare teaching of the“Stainless Oral Instructions” (Drimey Shalung) by Jamgon Kongtrul which Tulku Sang-ngag received directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Vajrayana practitioners only.  Sponsorship opportunities available.

$650 - $850